Monday, March 2, 2015

Monogram Monday

I'm just starting my collection of these cute monogrammed bangles by Stacy Brown Designs.  I was concerned that they would be too large for my wrists, but I wear mine with a cluster pearl bracelet and it holds them on just fine.  So far I have the "Check Ya Self" red and white buffalo check, "I Stripe the Way You  Work It" animal print, and the "Check Ya Self" pink and white buffalo check.



My friend Joy always mixes red and turquoise and I really like the two colors together.  


 Today I'm stepping outside of my comfort zone and wearing turquoise with red! I have to take advantage of the sunny days in Middle Georgia, so I'm wearing a gingham button down with a turquoise sweater.


I love these monogrammed bangles and here are just few on my "Wish List."  The geometric pattern is adorable.

Love this one with a clover pattern.

Yikes, I needed this one for Mardi Gras!

I wear a lot of pink and orange in the summer and this one is perfect.  It's a must-have for me!

I purchased my bangles through Frillseeker's Gifts...they have a cute shop in Destin, Florida full of cute loot!  Speaking of Frillseeker's, and because it's Monogram Monday, look at these adorable wreaths shown on their homepage.  I absolutely love the doors and the wreaths!








Sunday, March 1, 2015

Social Graces Sunday

Your posture says so much about you!  The perfect outfit, immaculate makeup, and beautiful hairdo will not camouflage poor posture.  I remember as a little girl walking around inside my home with a book on my head to improve my posture.  Did y'all do this?


The way you stand and they way you sit can make you seem more confident and attractive.  Perfect posture not only keeps you looking youthful, it also helps to alleviate headaches, back pain, and neck pain.  Standing up straight increases your height and is the fastest diet trick ever...you will instantly appear to lose 10 pounds!

Do you have good posture?  Have someone take your full length photo from the front and the side.  Your head and neck should be centered above your torso.  Your chin should be parallel to the floor.  Your back should be straight.  Your shoulders should be pulled back, down, and relaxed with your core muscles pulled in.  Tuck your buttocks under and keep your knees relaxed and your feet forward.


This chart illustrates perfect posture on the top and types of poor posture on the bottom.



The manicurist on the left is displaying poor posture and the right illustration shows her spine aligned correctly.

It's is so easy to slouch, right?  I am constantly correcting my posture and I assure y'all that it is more difficult to maintain proper posture as you age.  I hope y'all won't follow the look of the "Runway Model Slouch" of today or the "Debutante Slouch" which was in fashion years ago!  The rounded shoulders and relaxed stomach is tres chic with some, but over time, poor posture will take a toll on your shoulders, spine, hips, and knees.



So how can you improve your posture?

  • Balance a book on your head and practice walking.

  • Stand as if a string were pulling you up from the top of your head.

  • Sit up straight and don't work humped over at your desk.

  • Consult a personal trainer who can assist you with exercises to strengthen your spine and build core strength.





So start practicing to improve your posture.  Sit up straight.  Stand up straight.  Smile and project an image of confidence!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wish List Wednesday

Last Friday I visited the new Lilly Pulitzer store in Macon for their Grand Opening...just in time to see the Spring line in person!  I also got to meet Pearl, the owner's cute Pug, she was dressed in pink of course,


This is Cherish and she's the owner of the store.  What a dream come true this must be for such a beautiful young lady!  She looks like a model!


Treats were set up but I abstained, as I was dieting that day.

I loved this setting outside the dressing rooms with the gorgeous upholstery.


Beautiful chandeliers....



More cuteness on the walls with a coastal border...



Lots of Lilly eye candy throughout the store.


I specifically went in to see the Rosie Shift dress in person and I still love it!


However, the Shorely Blue Ottoman Stripe Charlene is actually my favorite...and also the Exotic Orchid Charlene dress that Cherish is wearing in the first photo.  LOVE both of them!


Welcome to Macon!

The Pink Flamingo
5437 Bowman Road
Macon, Georgia, Suite 123
478.257.7775
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Monogram Monday

This is Laurie Byrne...is she not prettiest lady ever?!  I've been a follower of Laurie's social media sites for several years and wanted to share some of her beauty with y'all!

First of all, her tablescapes are always stunning.  She has the most beautiful dinnerware and accoutrements and she always accents her tables with perfect linens...monogrammed, of course!


Laurie gives her followers glimpses inside her home, which is decorated beautifully and to the Southern T!

Catch her "flash sales" on her Facebook site, featuring the cutest monogrammed loot!



You can see more of Laurie Byrne's stylish photos and cute loot by following her Instagram account.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Azalea Trail Maids

I have just now gotten around to reading this fun book, "Never Sit Down in a Hoop Skirt," by Crickett Rumley...Hoop skirts, magnolias, and etiquette!

The book is based on the Azalea Trail Maids...Southern Belles who represent the city of Mobile, Alabama.  The author spent her high school years in Mobile, but was never an Azalea Trail Maid herself; however, her friends were.  She journeyed back to Mobile and interviewed present day and former Trail Maids for her book.

The book features seventeen-year-old Jane Fontaine Ventouras, who is returning to her Southern roots in the small town of Bienville, Alabama, where ladies always wear pearls, sip sweet tea, and serve pimiento cheese sandwiches.  Jane is an anti-belle, Goth-girl and her Grandmother got her into the "Magnolia Maid brigade."   The book chronicles her reluctance to become a Magnolia Maid and follow the tradition set out by her deceased mother. 
Crickett Rumley autographs her book .

Azalea Trail Maids wear prissy hoop gowns with frilly hats, monogrammed gauntlets, and parasols.  The Trail Maids are the city's symbol of hospitality.  They greet visitors at the Mobile airport and conventions and also travel around the country representing Mobile.




The Trail Maids at the Macy's Day Parade.

The frilly pantaloons worn under the dresses.

How are Azalea Trail Maids chosen?

Each year, hundreds of high school juniors in Mobile County, Alabama, try out for the opportunity to represent the city as a Trail Maid. Each high school has the first level of competition, from which 100 candidates are chosen to try out at countywide interviews. Ultimately, 50 girls are chosen to represent the city of Mobile, Alabama, as ambassadors. The program is overseen by the Jaycees organization.

What happens once the selection is made?

Once the Maids are chosen, the next step is to create each girl's costume. The colors are baby maize, petal peach, baby blue, light orchid, light aqua and the queen wears a baby pink dress. During the application process, each girl submits her three top dress color choices to the Jaycees, who ultimately make the decision about which color each Maid wears.
Each girl secures a dressmaker to construct her attire. Since there are 50 Maids, 10 girls will wear each of the five colors. One of the girls is named Azalea Trail Queen at a reception in early December, and her dress will be pink. A few days after the queen is announced, the fabric will be distributed and the dressmaking process begins.

About Azalea Trail Maids Dresses

I found this interview with Susan Finizola, a professional dressmaker who has created a number of the costumes:

What are the distinguishing characteristics of the Azalea Trail costumes?

Azalea Trail Gauntlets
These dresses are a representation of antebellum style but are not intended to be authentic. They are sewn from polyester fabric and poly/satin ribbon. Many people say the Maids conjure up an image of a Southern garden party in the spring 100 years ago.
There are specific guidelines for the dresses. For example, the bottom edge of the finished dress must be four inches off the floor. Additionally, ruffles on the edge of the hat, the edge of the parasol and the ruffle around the shoulders are mandatory. Monogramming is limited to certain spots, while embroidery embellishments may be on most areas of the attire.

How much fabric and lace is used to make the costumes?

ruffled azalea trail dress
The base supplies the Jaycees order for the construction of each outfit consists of dress fabric, steel for the hoop, fur, a wire frame for the hat, a parasol frame and a dress bag. Dress fabric includes 75 yards of organza and 15 yards of taffeta dyed specifically for the Mobile Azalea Trail. The fabric is dyed in Japan and distributed through Berenstein Textiles of New York. When the Maids are dressed the only visible fabric on the dress, hat, parasol and gauntlets is the organza and taffeta.  Ten yards of cotton broadcloth is used for the hoop. The cape is lined with one and a half yards of fur. The Pantaloon fabric is where the personality of each Maid shines. This fabric is purchased by each Maid here in Mobile or by mail order.
In addition to the over 100 yards of fabric that goes into each costume, the dressmaker uses thousands of yards of thread and between 300 and 1,500 yards of ribbon. I also use at least 400 yards of fishing line in the edge of the ruffles. Other supplies include hooks and eyes, zippers, buttons, elastic, interfacing, and many other sewing notions.
Some Maids request lace on their dresses. Usually the amount of lace is about half the amount of ribbon used on the same style of dress.

What do the dresses cost?

Some dressmakers make traditional dresses only, while others are known for being avant garde. In my experience, the complete attire the Maid wears can cost between $3,000 and $6,000. On rare occasions a Maid's relative will construct the attire for free or at a lower price. This can decrease the price to as low as $1,500.

How did you get started making Azalea Trail costumes?

I was involved with the Azalea Trail Organization from 1995 to 1999. In 1999, at the encouragement of a good friend, I began making Azalea Trail dresses. It was a natural progression since I have been sewing and designing for the past 35 years. I also make many other types of dresses and costumes, including Mardi Gras dresses and christening gowns.

What do you enjoy the most about making these dresses?

Azalea Trail Dress Detailing
For me, the creativity is the most enjoyable part of making these dresses. I can make a beautiful traditional Azalea Trail dress and have done so in the past. However, I prefer the avant garde style of Trail Dress. I was one of the first (if not the first) to use covered buttons on the costume. Each girl decides independently on her theme. If a Trail Maid has an unconventional idea I will work with her to incorporate it into the dress in a tasteful way. This year two of the five dresses I constructed have seashell motifs. There were other dressmakers who would not let their girls use seashells, but not me.
Each Maid gets so excited about her dress, and that is the second most enjoyable aspect of making these dresses.

I adore these dresses and the entire costume and have worn similar (but not near as fancy) gowns when I was a teenager.  So how in the world does one get around and sit down in a hoop skirt?  The hoops are usually flexible and you can press them to pass through a doorway.  Sitting down on an armchair is not going to happen though. You need to sit on chair without armrests and sit on the edge of the seat, lifting up the back a few inches before being seated. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wish List Wednesday

The Lilly Pulitzer print "Multi In The Vias" is my favorite in the Spring 2015 line.

The Charlene Knit Shift Dress would be cute worn alone or with a vest.


The Rosie Squareneck Shift Dress is adorable and I look forward to trying it on for fit and wearing it with a cardi.

This print is perfect for Spring and the Infinity Scarf is definitely on my wish list!

I love the Lilly Bermuda Shorts and these look adorable with the Anna Maria pink button down.

The Sarasota Tunic is adorable and looks so comfy, but stylish!

The Briella Cap Sleeve Dress is cute too!