Monday, June 13, 2011

Girls Weekend!

This past weekend, I had a much needed girls weekend in Atlanta with my friends Nicole, Lindsey, and Kiley. Nicole and Lindsey live together in Brookhaven (just down the street from Buckhead) and Kiley is a pharmacy student in TN.  They are all from Eastman and I know them through my cousins who also live there.
Friday, I took off of work at 3 and headed out.  We had tickets to see Chelsea Handler at Chastain Park that night and I was so excited to do something different.  I had never seen a comedian live before and I knew we were going to have a night full of laughing.  Once I finally got to Nicole's apartment, I changed clothes really quickly and headed over to the park.  On our way there our friend, Brooke, called to ask us if we had heard the show was cancelled.  We wanted to see for ourselfs since we were almost there.  We pulled up and everyone was leaving.  She had cancelled! I was SO mad! I took off work early, drove 2 hours, got stuck in 2 traffic jams, got lost 3 times, and had to get ready in 10 mins just to get there and the show be cancelled.  She supposedly had the flu....but who gets the flu in June?! We decided not to let her ruin our plans so we went to Wet Willies to meet some of Nicole's friends for drinks.  We also had dinner there.  Later, we went to Hole in the Wall and stayed pretty late having a few drinks and dancing. 

I wasn't sure which frozen concoction to try so the bartender graciously let me try several!
Saturday, we were going to spend the day at the pool but it was very overcast and looked like it was going to rain at any second (another plan ruined).  So instead, we slept late and went to lunch at this really neat resturant called the Tree House.  We sat outside on the deck and enjoyed mimosas and brunch. I didn't really enjoy my meal but the atmosphere and fellowship made up for it. :) After lunch we went to Perimeter mall and shopped around.  We were all still tired from the night before so we went home and napped.  That night we went to The Ivy in Buckhead. It's an old mansion that has been converted into a resturant.  It was really fun and a lot of people were there. I actually ended up running into a friend from Hawkinsville that I had not seen in years. Small world!

Brunch at The Treehouse.
About to leave for The Ivy.

At the Ivy! So much fun!

This is "The Ivy" where we had dinner and drinks Saturday night.

Sunday, I left early to do a little shopping and have enough time to stop by Tanger outlet on my way home.  Before leaving Atlanta, I went by Home Goods for the first time. I have always wanted to go and was really excited.  I bought a few frames for my wall collage I am doing over the mantel in my bedroom.  I also bought a pretty framed print of pink and green flowers for my room at my mama's.  I ended up getting stuck in a really bad traffic jam on my way to Tanger so I didn't have as much time to shop as I had hoped for (they close early on Sundays).  I think that may have ended up being a good thing though. I spent wayyy too much money in the short time I was there!

I hope your weekend was as wonderful as mine! :)

Friday, June 10, 2011


I think I should just have a seperate blog for all of my TJ Maxx finds.  I am literally obsessed with that store.  Not for their clothes (b/c I hate digging through them), but for their home goods and handbags. They have the best prices I have ever found anywhere.  Yesterday, I went with my friends Ashlee Culverhouse and Ashley Williams.  We have started eating dinner together once a week and then we visit TJ Maxx for "dessert"! :) 
During my trip last night, I couldn't help but notice a few things there that I had seen in magazines for a lot more.  Let's compare prices...(hold on to your chair)!

These are from Pottery Barn ($99.99-$29.99). They are too cute but the
TJ Maxx price makes them even cuter....

Large-$24.99 (cheaper than the smallest one at PB).  Small-$14.99!

Michael Kors sunglasses range from $295-$85.
I snagged these MK shades for a cool $19.99! My favorite find on this trip! :)
This purse made of ostrich skin is from Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's clothing line "Row".
 It's set at a ridiculous price of over $5,000!

I found this faux ostrich skin purse for $24.99!! And it's a lot roomier than the above bag.

Close exciting! :)

You can wear it cross body or as a tote.  I love it!

Us girls, having fun in the hat section! Ashlee C (in the middle) is a photographer too
and does a photo a day on FB. This was her photo of the day for Wednesday! Too cute!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Portraits in Paris

Last summer was the best summer of my LIFE!  I studied photography in Paris for 5 weeks through VSU.  I learned so much about my favorite hobby while in a city I have always wanted to visit (talk about killing 2 birds with 1 stone).  We took awesome field trips, photo excursions, and I even liked our assignments! :) 
During one of our first class meetings, our professor informed us we were going to the park across the street to take portraits of one of our classmates.  This was the first day I didn't wear make-up to class....just my luck.  I was paired up with a girl named, Jordyn.  She was really nice and we got to know each other pretty well.  I was really shy at first...having this girl I just met zoom in on my un-made up face.  We had to pose and this was just really weird for me.  I never saw the pictures she took but I was hoping they didn't look too bad.
Today, I was going through my old emails, deleting them, and saw a link to Jordyn's blog where she had posted the pictures of me for the assingment.  They weren't half bad and I thought I would share them with you. She did a really good job editing! The colors are so vibrant! I miss my days in Paris sooo much! These were taken the first week we were there.  I wish so bad I could experience it all over again!