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Friday, July 31, 2009

"Yes, You're lovely"

As you all know, I used to work at Talbots kids until it closed and my love for Talbots women's clothing is still strong. They have such classic pieces that you will have forever. As I have before, here are a few things that are sitting in my shopping bag currently (I still don't call this fall shopping, I can't bear to use that term just yet!):
Blanket Check Jacket $99. I'm thinking black turtleneck underneath come October, I have to have this!!!!Belted Pencil Skirt $69 Of course I would never wear the matching jacket with it, but I love this checked plaid patternJaquard Skirt ON SALE 71.99Ballet Flat $99--a Chanel-esque quilted shoe, why yes, I'll take a pair!
Nude Pumps $129-- Hello perfect pair of nude pumps!

As a tip, I get all of my Talbots dresses tailored because they are always too long making my legs look short and stumpy, so for those of you who don't like to wear Talbots skirts or dressed because of that, if you really love something have it tailored!
I hope you all have a fantastic Friday, I so look forward to hearing all about it!
Yours,
sCe

Grilled Pizza

Saying that the pizza that bRc whipped up the other night is an understatement. Really, truly, it was one of the best pizzas I have ever had. How he knows how to cook so well is really a mystery! We don't have a recipe but here is how we did it (feeds about 3 to 4 people, prep and cook time about 30-45 minutes):
What you'll need:
-2 dough balls (we bought ours from our local grocer)
-EVO
-Fresh Basil
-Oregano
-Vodka sauce (ours came from a jar)
- Grilled Chicken (cut up into small pieces)
- 1 small onion (chopped into small chunks)
-1/2 red pepper (chopped into small chunks
-Mozzarella and Cheddar cheese (shredded, about 1 package)
- Fresh Asiago cheese shredded (about 1/2 cup, depending on how much you like)

1. Roll out the dough into a circular shape using your hands or a rolling pin.
2. Once into the pizza shape, place dough onto pizza sheet and at a thin coat of EVO
4. place a square of aluminum foil down onto the grill, and place the pizza dough on the pizza sheet onto the grill. Keep the dough on the girl until the crust somewhat forms
5. Sprinkle oregano onto the bare dough
6. Spread the vodka sauce around
7. Sautee onions and peppers and then place them atop the vodka sauce
8. Sprinkle freshly cut basil ontop of the sauce, onions, and peppers9. Sprinkle as much mozarella and cheddar cheese as you wish
10. Place back on the grill for about 10 more minutes (the bottom of the pizza should be turning a light brown color, and the cheese should be melted)
11. Add the chopped grilled chicken
12. Sprinkle the asiago on top of the grilled chicken
Bon Appetite!

Enjoy the recipe, it was really easy to make, and would be a fun meal to make if your children want to help you cook dinner one night. Tonight SYTYCD was on and they eliminated 2 and are now down to the top 4. My favorite is Jeanine! Also, college packing tips, and a giveaway just might be in the near future ;) I'll leave you with this great song "Off I Go" by Greg Laswell that one of my girlfriends showed me. It was in the season finale of Grey's Anatomy:



What do you think of it? I personally love it. I usually like the music from Grey's Anatomy, but this one is really unique I think.
Yours,
sCe

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Thanks Ocean Dreams!!

Ocean Dreams gave me the blog lovin' award!! I am so excited and happy to receive this award from such a sweet blog friend! So thanks OD. I love giving and receiving awards! So I am going to pass this award off to these ladies:



-The Pink Washingtonette
-Veuve and Varsity
-Domestic Diva
-Pearls, Curls, and a Southern Girl
-A Little Bit of Everything

Enjoy that award girls, you deserve it! The pizza that bRc made me tonight was out of this world! Seriously he can cook (thank goodness because I can't!). I will have pictures up tomorrow and a real post as well! Also, Preppy Perfection suggested that I do packing tips for heading off to college, and of course, I would love to share with you all some tips that I have learned. So that post will be coming in the near future! Hope everyone had a great night, I'm headed to dreamland! Goodnight!

Yours,
sCe

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

August Rush, Marshalls finds, and SYTYCD

I have always thought that Kerri Russel is one of the prettiest women in Hollywood, when August Rush came out, I had no idea she was in it and bRc took me to see it. Those of you that have seen it, I'm sure can agree with me that it was a fantastic movie.Those of you that haven't seen it, you must! It makes it even better than Kerri Russel is in it! Does anyone else think Kerri Russel is just drop dead gorgeous? The reason I bring this up is because last night I was with a few of my girlfriends re-watching this movie and some of them thought she was pretty and some of them thought I was insane. I realize beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I just can't see anyone not jealous of her looks! Another reason why I absolutely love this movie so much is because of Jonathan Rhys Meyers. He is a total stud. I never really noticed him before August Rush, but he is now up there on my Hot Man list (no, I don't actually have one written down, but it's in my head!) And that accent and singing voice, well that is just icing on the cake. Those of you that have seen it, check out the soundtrack, I've had it for a while now, and it is so good.

Last night I also went to Marshalls. They had such great stuff including Ralph Lauren, French Connection, I spotted one Lilly thing that wasn't my size, and they had some gorgeous shoes. They are also having a clearance so I suggest anyone to stop in and check it out because I got so much stuff for under $50 (a dress, a scarf, and a sweater).Has anyone been watching So You Think You Can Dance? I haven't really been watching but last night my girlfriends caught me up on it, and they showed me this amazing dance;


I absolutely love the song. It's called "If It Kills Me" by Jason Mraz. It's a really beautiful dance, and is about two best friends that fall in love with each other.

Another dance that I also love:

It's kind of creepy, but the dancers do such a great job. Is anyone else hooked on this show? I know I am now, but I like to DVR this show so I can fast forward and rewind through the good dances and bad.

Also, great news for me! The VV Steelers tote is on their website! They have added a bunch of new NFL teams, so if they didn't have your favorite team, go on over and check, they might have yours now. The totes are only $95 which I think is a great buy. I can't wait to carry my bag proudly at school where there are few Steelers fans.

I hope everyone is having a lovely Wednesday! I'm off to bRc's because he is going to cook me a home made grilled pizza. I'll have pictures and more to come!

Yours,
sCe

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Catch Up

I'm doing a little thing called catch up today. Today I caught up on sleep, finally! Then I headed to the mall to check out a Lands End jacket at Sears to see if it was nice. I wanted to get this jacket. It's a kids jacket and only $40 and I know it will fit me. I wanted to get one for school that I could take out with me at night and didn't have to worry if I spilled on in it, lost it, etc. However, even this jacket I wouldn't buy. I have always loved Lands End for the great quality they have for such an inexpensive price. I'm really glad I didn't order this jacket; it feels so synthetic, and so cheap, that I just couldn't bring my self to purchase it. I mean I'm not one to even complain about poor quality becuase many a times, I have shopped at forever21. So beware, if any of you were going to buy this jacket for yourself or for your little ones, do not, the qualtiy is VERY poor! So on that note, if anyone has a recommendation where I can find a somewhat heavy fleece jacket for under $60, I would appreciate it. I already have several north face fleeces, and lots of nice and heavy jackets, but if I were to ruin any of them I would just cry!

I also finally got my brand new watch fitted!! I am so happy and so excited about it. As I said in previous posts, it's a men's watch, and I know that's weird, but I love it. It's two tone and somewhat sporty, so I'll be able to wear it as an every day watch!What do you think? bRc thinks it's very odd that I bought a men's watch (but inside I think he's really jealous!) My dad seemed to think it was a cool idea, and my mom tried it on and said she didn't like it becuase it was so heavy. It is heavy, but I really love it.

I stopped into J.Crew and didn't really see anything that wowed me. They didn't have their fall stuff in store which I thought was really odd. Has that happened to anyone else?

I also got my class schedule all worked out. Usually we register for classes in April for the fall semester, and I did, but my registration date was so late that I couldn't even register for a fifth class. It was awful and I had to contact the registrar's office and a ton of teachers to see if I could get into a fifth class but no one seemed to want to help me out! Well, yesterday was the start of open registration and boy did I get SO lucky. My schedule is absolutely perfect. I really couldn't ask for a better schedule! On Fridays I only have one class at 12:20 and it goes until 1:10. Yay!

Bad news (well for me). Last night I was trying on some pairs of my jeans to see which ones I wanted to have monogrammed and I was trying on my absolute favorite pair of 7s, and they wouldn't zipper. Now I know that I work out at school almost 5 days a week for over an hour, but in the summer I tend to get lazy and not work out as much. I also over indulge in things I don't eat at school such as ice cream sundaes. My 7s have always been my tightest pair of jeans, and I only wear them when I don't mind being very uncomfortable being vacuumed packed into my jeans, but I couldn't get them to zip. With that said, I am going on a very strict, no ice cream, no treats policy, and doing sit ups every single night before bed. No excuses. If anyone out there has any weight loss tips other than exercise moderately and watch what you eat, I'd love to hear them.

I hope everyone is having a great Tuesday!!
Yours,
sCe

Saturday, July 25, 2009

I was reading through Preppy Perfection's blog, and she wrote about how she used some of my packing tips for her packing, I think she packed better than I did! Go on over and check her blog out, it's a fun read. And for some reason, I can't comment on her blog either, so Preppy Perfection, if you are reading this, thanks for mentioning me and I am so glad you found the packing tips helpful!

I have had a very busy past 24 hours of being home doing unpacking and such, but I received my giveaway win (Lilly key fob) from Seersucker scrapper and I love it. I can't wait to attach my dorm key to it for school, it will be so perfect! So thank you so much SS, I will be putting a picture up, come late august with my key on it!

Finally, my new watch came in the mail!! I am so excited, I have to get a bunch of links taken out to wear it, but I will post a picture of it ASAP!
Tomorrow I have to take a few things to get monogrammed, and drop off some dry cleaning, stop at the mall to fit my watch (and of course snoop in J.Crew to see if their fall stuff has hit the stores!). I will be doing a full post, tomorrow, I promise!!

Yours,
sCe

Bye Bye Lake

Today is the last day of bliss. We just had lunch, and are going to spend the day on the dock, boating and jet-skiing. I just wanted to share this website Max & Chloe, they have some really nice jewelry on their website. I particularly like this pair of earrings:I would love to purchase these, they are only $38. But, knowing me, I will probably never wear them. No matter what I am wearing, I always wear either my Silver Tiffany Ball earrings, my pearls in a range of different sizes, or my diamonds. I don't know why, but I just can't bring myself to wear earrings other than that. Is anyone else like that with earrings?

In this post, I also want to share some more pictures from this vacation!

Got to have a little VV wherever you go! If only VV made swim suits!
Everyone on the deck (I'm the one in the blue and white striped oxford)bVc, pVe, sCe, cCm on the boat ride home from the yacht club

I'm off to soak up the sun. Happy Saturday, I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend as much as I am.
Yours,
sCe

Friday, July 24, 2009

I'm a lucky lady this month!

I'm too excited, I have won a giveaway held by Landlocked Mermaid! She is so kind, she had a wonderful giveaway and then picked two more winners, and I was one! So thank you so much to Landlocked Mermaid. For those of your not familiar with her blog, head right on over and tell her hello, her posts are always entertaining, and she has great taste. I can't wait to get home, because I will have two giveaway treats waiting for me when I return home! So thanks again, Landlocked Mermaid!
Also, Seersucker and Sundresses, for some reason, blogger won't let me comment on your posts, but I just wanted to let you know, if you are reading this, I LOVE the duck boot option in your latest post, and I adore your post title and the music playing on your blog!!

Today, the girls of the house woke up early to visit some boutique stores right in town about 5 minutes away. We normally just got to a row of shops that is home to some Vera Bradley, and other little nick-nacks, but since last year, new boutiques had opened up, so we went there instead. The boutiques are fabulous. I got this gorgeous navy blue dress (I'll probably wear it to a sorority function or something fancy) and it was only $30. Who can't be an evening dress for $30! I'll post a picture of it whenever I find the place to wear it (a picture of it off-body just does not do it justice). I also got this cute little make up holder with rhinestones placed in the shape of a crown for my little. My little is going to be one lucky lady when big/little week rolls around! When we are shopping, I saw these adorable little "buckets". I can't really think of anything else to call them. They were pink and crowned shape, but they were not for sale, they were holding lip glosses and such as decoration for the store! I wanted to buy them so badly for my little. So I took a picture and am going to go to Michaels sometime next week to find supplies so I can try and recreate these beauties:
It looks like it is just made from thick felt, with pink rhinestones, and sewed very simply to a thick felt bottom. I think I can recreate these, so we'll see!
Another thing I found during my shopping trip, was this adorable pink and green jacket:
The picture really doesn't do it justice, I didn't recognize the brand, and sadly it was not my size, but I just had to take a picture to share with my blogging friends!
Also while shopping, I kept coming accross these very reasonably priced shoes called Yellowbox. Has anyone ever heard of them? They weren't high quality, and probabaly would only last you a season or two, but they had some very cute flip-flops that somewhat reminded me of the Molly B. sandals.
Well tomorrow is our last day/night at the lake :( Sunday we'll be driving the 12 hours back to reality! At least I have Grey's Anatomy, Sex and the City, and Seven Pounds to keep me sane!
I hope everyone is starting their weekend off well! Have a great Friday!
Yours,
sCe

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Spa Day and Pretty things!

Today we went to the spa at the beautiful resort that is about 10 minutes away (sorry for the bad quality, phone pic! ). We all got pedicures and some got manicures (unfortunately for me, the whole not biting my nails thing isn't going too well, so no manicure for me) and massages!! This day was just perfect. We arrived at 12:30 and didn't leave until 5! I had the best smoothie ever (it was pomegranate and mango) it was simply delicious and perfect for the warm Georgia weather. Here are some more pictures (taken with my camera) from our spa day!
cCm, me, pVe, bVc outside of the spa!
mani/pedi areabVc, me, cCm in our cute brown seersucker robes!
Doing what we do best!
As I promised in yesterday's post, here are some things I found while visiting the cute little shops:
Loving the blue and white. The whole store was all blue and white ceramic. My parents bought a blue and white ceramic Christmas tree ornament that is beautiful!Adorable pink and green notepad that I bought to put in a basket for big/little week in October. It screams LP!The cutest ceramic jug. They had another one that said lemonade.
Adorable mug!! They also had one with a blue fish. What a great way to wake-up: see your coffee in this pretty mug!

Tomorrow we have reservations at the yacht club for dinner and am so excited because we can take the boat to get there and it's right on the lake. I hope everyone is having a great week!
Yours,
sCe

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

"Luck Be a Lady Tonight"

I have so much to blog about, I just may go into blog overload!! I guess I will have to split all of these blogs up. So tonight, we went on a cocktail cruise around some of the lake. It was the perfect weather, and so gorgeous for a boat ride! So the whole crew hopped in the boat and off we went. I took pictures of many of the beautiful homes on the lake for you to see! I don't know about you, but I love looking at houses, and getting inspiration for a future home I will have someday. So here are my favorites that I saw tonight (if you click on the picture, the image will get bigger.. I think):
I hope you enjoyed your mini tour of my favorite vacation spot! It really is home to some of the most luxurious homes I have ever seen. Tomorrow I'll post about what I purchased/saw at all of the cute gift shops!
bVc, pVe, sCe, cCm on the boat!
Yours,
sCe

Monday, July 20, 2009

"There were angels dining at the ritz"

I find my self often having no idea what to title my post. So when all else fails, I use Frank Sinatra lyrics, so those of you who may think I'm a crazy girl for having random titles, well, that's where they are coming from!

Thank you to all who posted on my Vera Bradley post, I have decided I'm not going to get the backpack, as cute as it is, I don't need another bag, and really, I think my Vera time is about over.

I've gotten several e-mails with questions, so I thought I'd answer those for this post!

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I don't really have many things that I would consider a hobbie, but some things that I enjoy include swimming, laying in the sun (getting a nice tan!), shopping, spending time with family and friends, watching movies, drinking coffee, and reading books for pleasure.

Q: What music, other than Frank Sinatra do you listen to?
A: I listen to just about everything but country. I really love coldplay, nora jones, rod stewart, dave matthews, mat kearney, snow patrol, O.A.R, and really, I love all of the crooners such as Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, etc. I like classical music as well (I usually listen to that while studying). I also find rap and pop music fun to listen to, and it's best to work out to!

Q: What is your favorite clothing item and why?
A: Probably all of my jeans, just becuase I've worked so many hours to be able to afford all of the pairs I own (after about 5 pairs, my mom stops the buying and deems it "excessive", but a girl can never have too many pairs of jeans, right?)

Q: Why did you decide to start blogging?
A: One day while perusing google for a monogramming website, I came accross Hopsy's blog and loved reading it. I really didn't even have a clue about blogging. After a while, I started reading her blog daily, and then started reading other's blogs. I didn't start one until my summer started because I wanted to focus on school. I decided that I would love to be able to comment on other blogs and write my own, so that is how Summer Wind was born!

Well that's all, I hope everyone is having a great Monday! Mine was lovely, the weather was nice and warm, and we boated all day!

Yours,
sCe

Sunday, July 19, 2009

"I've got the world on a string..."

So I thought I would share some pictures of the vacation so far! Yesterday was my dad's birthday, and today is my aunt's birthday! So funny how a brother and sister are a day apart in celebrating but actually years apart!
Me and my cousin, isn't she adorable?
I love reading on the screened-in patio!The kitchen where the best meals are made!Sorry for the poor quality, but the view is wonderful!!

I hope everyone has a relaxing Sunday!!

Yours,
sCe

To Vera or not to Vera?

So I've been a fan of Vera Bradley for a long time. The first bag I ever got was a big tote my freshman year in high school. I have many patterns and really think that they are good quality bags. I've never bought a VB purse (I think they look like they're for old women, no offense to old women or those who like VB purses!) but I do have totes and wallets galore. The real question is: Should I buy another one. I feel as if VB has lost its pizazz, I don't really know how else to describe it. Being on vacation, a friend pVe, has the Botanica print, which I am absolutely in love with, it's so colorful, but the base color is black, so it won't look that worn when it does wear out. I want to buy this off of ebay:It is the Vera Bradley Large Backpack in Botanica. The print is very old, and retired but I absolutely love it. I have never purchased anything on ebay before, but it's never too late to start! I can't find it anywhere else, so that's really the reason. The price (buy it now) is around $50, which is almost half off of the normal Large VB Backpack price. The only time I would ever use this backpack is for going to class, and toting my books (which obviously that is what a backpack is for.) I honestly haven't used a backpack since middle school. Once I hit highschool, I was a tote bag girl all the way. I've blogged about getting a nice coach messenger bag from my parents that I will want to use quite often but of course, not in the rain, or in threatening weather! I've also blogged about definitely getting the Vineyard Vines tote bag with the Steelers pattern they are coming out with this September. I know I will use this as my rainy weather bag, my football sunday bag, and and the August September months because the coach bag is more of a fall/winter bag. So I have two trusty brand new bags that I've already spent a pretty penny on, not to mention the bags I already have (Lilly tote, many L.L. Bean totes, Brooks Brother tote, RL tote, etc.)

So pretty much, what I am saying is that I in no way need a new bag. Do I want this backpack, YES! But the level headedness I am trying to have with myself is saying that I don't need to spend $50, and just have it take up space in my little dorm room. But my personality, and bag lover-self is saying, "get the bag, it is so cute, and for $50 you can't beat it!" And the fact that you can use it any season, and it has so many pockets makes it seem so worth it!

What would you do? I really can't decide, it is a great bag. Is VB getting old? Does anyone else have a VB backpack and can give me feedback on how they like theirs? Should I buy a retired fabric? I would love to hear your feedback!!

Yours,
sCe

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Time to get a little southern!

Hey Ya'll (I figure it's appropriate that I say that since I'm in the south!) I made it to the lake in Georgia safe and sound, and boy is it wonderful! We had a great day of sun and fun chock full of tubing and water activities! We are now all just lounging around about to have a lovely steak dinner, YUM!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!! More pictures to come as the vacation goes on!
Yours,
sCe

Friday, July 17, 2009

YAYYYY!!!

This post is a cause for celebration, so pop open those champagne bottles and let's celebrate! I won Seersucker Scrapper's giveaway!!! I have never won a giveaway yet, and was thrilled to be checking up on my fellow bloggers, read her blog, and it said I won!! How fun is that! If you have not checked out her blog, I suggest you head right on over and send her a hello! She has 2 darling preppy children (just like her!) and she has the best taste! Thank you so much Seersucker Scrapper! (picture from seersucker scrapper)

I watched Wall-E tonight for the millionth time, and that movie never gets old. I'm like a child that wants to watch the same episode of Barney over and over. I think it is one of my favorite movies of all times! Is there anyone else out there who loves Wall-E?! I also love the song that is played at the end credits called Down to Earth by Peter Gabriel.

Here are two pictures I forgot to upload to yesterdays post, the first one is what is going in my tote bag for my trip, and the second is the hair accessory from bRc's mom.


In the first picture, there is a tub of the La Source body lotion from Crabtree and Evelyn, if I had to only pick one product that I love from CT&E, it would for sure be the La Source body lotion (I truly love all of the La Source products and the Lavendar products!) If you are looking for a good body lotion, I suggest you invest on these! They are currently having a really great sale (I think that might be my favorite word!) so it's the perfect time to buy!

Tonight I rented Sabrina starring Audrey Hepburn for one of my movies to watch in the car (the great thing about our car is that there are two fold down DVD players with wireless headphones, so cCm and I don't even have to watch the same movie if we don't want to!) I've never seen it before, but my mom said it's a really great movie, and any movie with AH, I'm sure I'll love. Have any of you seen it?

I have been reading other blogs and seeing that they are opening the floor to any questions that their bloggers have for them. I love reading the creative questions people come up with and then love reading the answers. I think it would be fun to do a Q&A post in the near future, so comment, or e-mail me at SummerWind41490@gmail.com with any questions about me or anything else on my blog!
I'm off to the great South for a while, so I'll be posting in true Southern style by Saturday night! Happy Friday, and Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

Yours,
sCe