Monthly Archives: September 2013


5 (more) to Try

I received such a response regarding last week’s “5 to Try”, that I decided to put together a 2nd installment. You all make me so happy.

These are all fun, trends worth trying.

1. Monogrammed accessories

If there is one thing I know about Southern women, we never pass up an opportunity to put our monogram on items: pillow cases, totebags, necklaces, coffee mugs, kitchen towels, even burned into wooden cutting boards!

Whether you want your whole name written out…

Personalized Name Necklace 925 Sterling Silver - Name Bar Choose Any Name

Or just a letter…

Sideways Gold Initial Necklace, Initial Pendant, Personalized Necklace, Custom Necklace, Letter Necklace

Or your 3 initials in script…

Monogram Earrings - 0.9"  925 Sterling Silver

Check out all the styles & creative ways to personalize here:  Too fun!

A canvas tote is a “have to have” in my mind. In fact, I have 2 of them and have given them repeatedly as gifts for friends. It’s a great personalized, stylish, and functional gift.

Comes in a variety of colors, sizes, and weights. My personal favorite is the Medium Natural Open Top totebag for $25.50.

2. Peplum

Peplum is a trend that everyone can rock! For those that are a boxier or more boyish frame, the peplum flare adds volume and an hourglass figure. For those that are more busty on top and slimmer hipped, it helps to give you balance. And for us curvier gals, it cinches in at the waist revealing your narrowest point.

Ponte Short-sleeved Peplum Top from Banana Republic for $49.50

Ponte Short-Sleeve Peplum Top

The beauty of this tee is that it can be worn all on its own or under a cute cardi or blazer. It also is versatile and can be dressed down with jeans and boots or with tailored trousers and heels for work.

3. Two-toned

Color blocking defined fall and winter 2012, so 2013 welcomes the Two-toned trend; a simpler and more sophisticated way to color block.

Pyramid Bow Leather Gloves from Kate Spade for $128


 Cap-Toe Pointy Flats from GAP for $44.95 (comes in a variety of colors)

Cap-toe pointy flats

Women’s 3/4 inch Colorblock Sweater from Land’s End for $49

4. Irridescent & Metallics

A very classic pump from Nine West in an unexpected finish… shiny metallics! Give everyone at work a well-deserved shock and pair these with your LBD or black suit.

Nine West Shoes, Flax Pumps

Love the silver pewter! Nine West Flax Pump.

A great carry-all make up bag from Stella & Dot for just $24 in Pewter Metallic

Pouf - Pewter Metallic

Betsey Johnson Tote in Snap, Crackle, and Pop in this gorgeous metallic blue. From Macy’s for $88. And I love the leopard interior!

Betsey Johnson Handbag, Snap Crack Pop Tote

5. Sporty Footwear

Never thought I’d see the day when my childhood beloved Keds would reappear in my fashion magazines! I have to say, I’m pretty excited about it!

Keds has partnered with Kate Spade New York to create a line of playful, sporty, functional, and most importantly, comfortable shoes. All the styles you see below are $75! Stripes, polka dots, and patterns… oh my!


Keds x kate spade new york Champion

Keds x kate spade new york Champion

Other fun styles from just $4o and up…

Rookie Wool

Champion Leopard


Champion Jersey

I think those leopard ones may have my name on them. I like the thought of having some bop-around Keds in leopard print.

But then again, who doesn’t?!?

Check out all the styles, textures, and colors at It is sure to bring out the kid in all of us!




Last of Summer Cook-outs + Southern Baked Beans

We are ringing in Fall here in Georgia,  so celebrate it with one last ‘farewell to summer’ cook-out.

I’m thinking the classics.

Hamburgers, hotdogs, coleslaw, baked beans, and copious amounts of crunchy, salty potato chips. It’s my prerogative.

And if it’s got to be baked beans, it’s got to be my Southern Baked Bean recipe.

Southern Baked Beans

  • 1 can Navy beans
  • 1 can Great Northern beans
  • 1 can Pinto beans
  • 1/2 medium Vidalia onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1-2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (I tend to err on the more side rather than the less… I love this stuff!)
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 4 slices partially crisped bacon, coarsely chopped


1. Rinse and drain your 3 cans of beans in your colander until all moisture drains.

Beans draining

I personally love mixing the beans. However, if you prefer one over the other, you can certainly use all Navy Beans, all Pintos, or all Great Northern. Your choice entirely.

2. While the beans are draining, saute your onion and garlic cloves in a teaspoon or so of oil over medium heat until tender and translucent. Be careful not to brown them.

Careful not to cook this on too high of heat. Garlic has a tendency to burn quickly. And there is nothing, nothing worse than burnt garlic.

sauteed onions

This process should take about 5 minutes total.

Add your beans. Toss them all in that garlicy, oniony goodness.

Beans and onions

I could probably eat it just like this. Let’s just be honest.

3. Time to make the delicious sauce. This is my favorite part! I love all these flavors that combine for a sweet and tangy sauce.


Add the ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, worcestershire, and mustard to the beans and onion mixture. Stir to thoroughly coat all the beans and pour into a greased baking dish.

baked beans

baked beans close up

Yep! I could eat it just like that! But, these are not your ordinary baked beans. Take these beans over the top with crumbled bacon spread out evenly over the top. That bacon will get crisp as the beans cook and become really sweet and caramelized and impart that unmistakable bacon flavor!

ready to bake

4. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes. Increase the temperature to 400 degrees for the final 5-10 minutes of cooking to get the top nice and sugary and the bacon good and crisp. (This is why you want to undercook the bacon earlier.)

ready to bake

Let the beans stand for a few minutes before digging in.


Absolutely delicious! Make these tomorrow. Today. To-now!

*recipe adapted from Southern Baked Beans recipe on