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20 something belle born and raised in the South. College girl. Sorority girl. Lover of all things French. Inspired by Martha Stewart, Paula Deen, my Grandma, the Pioneer Woman and Lilly P. I love my family, my boyfriend, cute pajamas and night gowns; spin class, yoga and dancing; sushi and red wine; and preppy Beach Houses!

Thursday, April 15, 2010



I have been going going going since my last post, and now that I just had a test yesterday (in Physiology... bleck), errr (screeching brakes) it's all stopped. I have absolutely NOTHING to do. And let me tell you, it is GLORIOUS! On Saturday my mama and I will be shopping. And then Sunday I get to lead a rush practice! All by myself, I am so excited.

I don't know if I have mentioned this, but I am the Assistant Rush Chair at Alpha Chi for Recruitment 2010 and it is so beyond exciting! I love rush and I really think I was made for this job. I like the dances, the practices, how our napkins match the gummy bears that match the flowers that matches our outfits, whose colors were picked to complement the Kitchen! It is love! Not to mention as a rush chair, me and my "boss" get to have our own outfits, separate from what everyone else will be wearing! I've already bought one dress for round 2, its Lily and it is gorgeous! I guess I'll give the breakdown of rush: 4 rounds, as you go on less girls come through and the conversations become more deep ("where are your from" to "What do you want from a sorority"), and it is the only way you can keep a sorority breathing, b/c you need members! It is so much fun! I'll give you the basics about our rush:

Round 1) Our theme is "A Perfect Match," it's very sporty because our theme is tennis. I like this theme so much because when I went through rush a lot of sororities did a nautical/beachy/fishing type theme (which is great!) So Alpha Chi really stood out to me! We do a bright, candy apple red and sunflower yellow. To complement our kitchen which is yellow w/ black and white tiles! And the girls wear these sporty outfits!

Here is our Kitchen! It is not a great picture, but you see the yellow, black and white tiles and red!!

I get to wear red (my boss has purchased a yellow dress). I really want to wear a Red high waisted skirt, with a white shirt tucked in and some type of yellow belt. I know it's very specfic, but I have a dream and hopefully I'll find something wonderful this summer! Any ideas of where I should look?

For Round 2) Game Day! We wear Carolina blue and white! Do our skit (which is hilarious)! Here is the Lilly Dress I bought for it!!

it comes w/ a Sash, and I think I'll have one made that has Golden Lyres or AXO on it or something (Lyre is our symbol)! And I have these Michael Kors wedges that are offwhite, which I'll probably wear with this!

Third Round) House Tours, we have delicious food (some of which I will be making!) and we have a vineyard vines/nautical theme! I get to find a dress that is pink and Navy!! I have fallen in love with a Tory Burch dress, but I have to see it to make sure it is the right color exactly. And I want to get Jack Roger Full Wedges!

The Fourth Round is very formal and we wear black cocktail dresses!

I am on the hunt this summer so if you have any suggestions about outfits please let me know!!

If anyone is in a sorority, do you like rush? What kind of themes do ya'll do?

love love


Monday, March 29, 2010

March adventures and festivities

Hello All!
Sorry about the long hiatus in postings, my schedule has been super crazy!

 What's been happening:

1) My computer had the biggest virus right before Spring Break. It happened while I was writing this huge midterm paper(s), it had three prompts. It would continuously crash during all night, so I kept losing work and so my grade slowly went downhill as the different papers go on.. haha! Mainly because I had to keep rewriting my last response. It only gets better. I take most of my notes on my computer and so when I opened my computer in class the next day it wouldn't let me open a thing, but naked women kept popping up all over. I squealed and shut my computer really quick. And then took my computer to get fixed promptly after class.

2) Spring break. I went home for spring break, mainly because my parents told me not to make plans this year with all that happened. And because I didn't really want to go to Panama City... sorry. Maybe I'm a little stuck up but that kind of scene just doesn't sound like my thing. And it's not even that warm!! Next year I am going somewhere HOT and I'm spending more than $230 (a/b what my bf paid in PCB, apparently the place they stayed wasn't very nice, wonder why)... maybe I'll go on a cruise or to Jost Van Dyke! :D Anyways, I went shopping with my mom, went to the gym everyday and spent a night at my Papa's. That was really nice, and you could tell that he was very happy that we were there. And that's about it.

3) After Spring Break- I get back and totally forgot that I had a 10 page paper due on Friday... on a book I hadn't read.... so the shamrock sunglasses and light-up leprachaun necklace were never used at my St. Patty's day mixer with the RUGBY TEAM, because I was reading that book! I was really sad to miss it, but I made it up the next week because it was formal week :D!

Parents cocktail: well, we didn't go. the BF was still out of town so I didn't want to go without a date. So my parents, and my littlest sister and I went out to dinner. Dinner was really good. Its a place called Spice Street and it is a fusion restaurant that has Mediterranean, Asian and European styled food. Both my parents had fish, I had duck and my sister had chicken kabobs. Also to go with the very eclectic and ethnic atmosphere of the restaurant they had a belly dancer dance around the tables. It was really cool to watch! If I don't get into Nursing school (oh wait, I didn't... so the second time around) I have found my calling!

My sorority has a preformal the night before formal, which is a Thursday. This years preformal was so much fun! I loved the venue, the bf came along (and the bf and I make a great dancing team) and I wore this black and cream colored BCBG dress that I bought over the summer and had yet to wear with my new Michael Kors cream-colored wedges. I really liked my outfit. When I buy pictures off the photospecialties website, I'll remember to post them/ when I find a picture I like... I wasn't photographing too well that night-- I won't be sending those pictures to Tyra. To continue the night was probably one of the most fun I've had in a VERY long time, and Lord knows how much I've needed a fun night! We got there at 11:30 (we usually don't show up at events until 12, but this place has food out on the bar that is gone in point five seconds) and didn't leave until after 2, they had to tell us it was over... "but the DJ is still playing!!" Speaking of DJs, he was really good, he played Shout-- which I normally hate with a passion, but given the good time I was having it was probably the best choice the DJ could have made, and he played gangsta rap. It was all around a great time!

Formal on the other hand:
The BF let me know that he couldn't make it to Formal (which is on a Friday) the Sunday of. He had known for awhile, and insists he had told me. NO. He told me that he had a Rugby game for the playoffs (which are HUGE-- think the March Madness of Rugby) the Sat. after formal. I said "no worries, I'll drive you where ever you need to go... that way you can get sleep if we have to leave really early." He said, Ok, we'd have to leave pretty early though.... in NO WAY did he mention we'd have to leave so early as to make a 1:00 game that was 9 hours away in Murpheysboro, TN against Ole Miss. Like Art (my dad) was going to let me drive that far, he (the BF) knew that. Yet he did not once mention that to me. I think he assumed I was going to make him go to formal, which I wouldn't do, his team needs him. So I was scrambling all last week to find a date. Which I found,and he had a tux so it worked out. The BF felt really bad about missing, but he was happy I was able to find a date.
The date:
He was a friend of a friend, who I had never met before. He was nice. A pretty good date, he bought me drinks and stuff, but.......... he danced like a crazy person. I mean, I like, no, LOVE to dance. And I am a very high energy dancer and love the attention I get while dancing... but homeboy got all the wrong sorts of attention. He would do this weird shimmy shimmy thing that was totally offbeat and then would jerk spin me and then out of no where dip me. He was so forceful in this dipping that I now, on Monday, still have a hurt/sore back. To make matters worse, people totally noticed. My roommate kept looking at me and laughing because I would make this like bewildered- what is going on!- face. And after the formal the band members came up and were talking to me saying they could tell that I could dance, but my date.. ha! And at the end he kept like highfiving me and saying "me and Brittany were breaking it down" or something.... I mean, we broke something... like my back. haha!.... don't get me wrong though he was still a nice guy.

Well, that is all for now! I need to go make dinner!

love love


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New baby sister (and brother keep your fingers crossed!!)

My parents have finally caved! We are getting a puppy!!!

After our sweet Cleo (Cleopatra Denile Odom!-- I picked out the name!!) passed away in January my heartbroken family said "no more dogs" but there are just some hurts that can only be filled with love... in the form of a new puppy or DOS!! We are getting a golden-doodle. It is a mix between a poodle and a golden retriever! We are getting a girl, we will probably name her Finley. (which I picked out!!!) ... I like Flossy though, from Fergie's song glamorous "the flossy flossy..." haha I thought we could put some ice on her collar!! But Finley is OK too, I'll just call her Flossy on my own!
Here she is!!!

isn't she just precious?

we may get a boy as well. Which my sisters and I are really pulling for, and my Daddy want two also! We would name him AJ- Arthur Junior (after Dadalous) or Charlie (again after Dadalous)!

here he is:  adorable, yes?

Well, keep your fingers crossed!!!

I have to go study for my Physiology test on Friday! Pray for an A!!! :)

Love Love!

Sunday, February 7, 2010


I just got back from Fayetteville last night. My mama and I had been there since Wednesday evening. To fill you in on the goings on:
In September my grandma was diagnosed for the third time with breast cancer-- however, this time the cancer has metastasized. It has completely taken over her body-- it's in her lungs, blood, abdominal organs and brain. She has lost about 40 pounds. These past few months have been the most difficult times I can ever remember enduring.(Also, in November my grandmother on my Dad's side passed away)...
My family and myself are truly blessed to have the grandma that we were given. I have never once hated going to Fayetteville to visit my grandparents. Every year my sisters and I have spent at least a week at my grandma's. My grandma came over at least twice a month throughout the year and was always there for soccer championships, big dances and came to move me in to my apartment this year. I believe that I have the best grandma that anyone could ever hope to have.
Now she is in the hospital- she has an infection in her blood (Pseudomonas), causing her to be septic. This happened a week ago. From Sunday until Friday, they kept pumping my grandma with fluids and antibiotics and pain medication. But the whole time she was aware, scared and panicky. If she wasn't given pain medication every two hours she was super agitated, angry, moaning and in pain. Her body doesn't have the abilitiy to fight her infection, and the chemo she had been received was doing more harm than good (the infection) so tired of her pain and suffereing we decided (we meaning my papa, mama and uncle) that it would be best to put her strictly on comfort care. No more vitals being checked, no more poking and prodding and more medicine. Now we are all waiting, just waiting for her to pass away. With every breath you can her the fluid filling her lungs.
The idea of my grandma really being gone, is crazy to me. She's only 70, and I had expected her to be around for at least 15 more years. She was very healthy. I just had always expected her to be with me when I got married, helping me pick out my wedding dress, etc. But the Lord has other plans for my beautiful Grandma and lucky her she'll be in heaven very soon, celebrating with Him before any of us. I'm just happy that I was able to be with my Grandma in her final moments and able to tell her how much I love her, and hear her tell me the same.
But now I have to get to more homework so when events finally happen, I won't be behind in school. Here's hoping for a year where I can have happy posts! Because I am so tired of sadness right now.

Love Love