Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fall Fashion Show and Luncheon

Joyce Carlton started her career in interior decorating back in 1979.  After working many years in the design industry, she opened up a boutique shop in historic downtown Perry, Georgia.  I have shopped at Impressions by Carlton over the years when I traveled to the area to visit my Mama.  Now that I'm living here, Carlton's is definitely at the top of my favorite-places-to-shop list!

Located in picturesque and quaint downtown Perry, Impression's by Carlton offers fine ladies clothing, designer jewelry, pocketbooks, gifts, and design services by request.  Joyce is just the sweetest thing ever...the epitome of a Southern lady!

So I was excited to get a ticket to her luncheon and fashion show held this past week at the Southern Bridle Farms, just south of Perry.  I had forgotten about this place, but sweet memories came flooding back when I drove up...Mama and I dined here several times over the years.

Of course Joyce added her creative, welcoming flair to the entry.  The arrangements were beautiful!

A closeup of one of the arrangements by the front door...  Over the years, I have purchased many silk arrangements from Joyce and they are all still beautiful today...all of them classic and traditional Southern-styled.
The tables were adorned with natural fall foliage and flowers...
Joyce is so cute and very fashionable...and, she has THE sweetest Southern accent!
There were so many beautiful Southern ladies who modeled Carlton fashions...I'm including some of my favorite pieces here.

  This lady had the sweetest, genteel demeanor about her.  I loved the tartan blouse with the yellow cable knit sweater...classic and timeless!
This was my absolute favorite outfit and I bought it.  Look at how cute she looks!  Fingers crossed that I look half as cute!
Loved this lady and the royal blue poncho with a gold fabric necklace!
This outfit was a super hit with everyone...leather vest, fur vest, suede pants, and adorable boots!

I adore this poncho/shrug.  The color was fabulous and looked great with the long sleeve paisley tee and tan suede pants!

I almost bought this coat!  Still debating...loved it.

"HERE'S WHAT I WORE"  The Mudpie dress is hot pink and navy with a contrast patterned cowl neck...very comfortable and the price is good too!  My purse, earrings, and shoes are all Tory Burch.

Stop in and visit Joyce at Impressions by Carlton, 912 Carroll Street, Perry, Georgia, 478.987.4511...just off I-75 south of Macon, Georgia.  Tell her Miss Janice sent you!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Say Goodbye to your Southern Accent?

Recently I read an article in the Macon {Georgia} Telegraph "Gosh Dang.  What is wrong with a Southern Accent?"  I discovered while reading the article that there's a book out entitled "Say Goodbye to your Southern Accent."  The book's authors, Jennifer Adams and Joanna Chapman run a firm called Atlanta Accent Management.  These ladies are helping Southerners lose their Southern accents, and they are based in Atlanta...of all places.


Lord have mercy, this all reminds me of the scene in Gone With the Wind when Rhett and Scarlett are riding through a burning Atlanta...

Rhett tells Scarlett, "Take a good look my dear.  It's an historic moment, you can tell your grandchildren about how you watched the Old South fall one night."

 I cannot believe that people in the South want to lose their Southern drawl.  Learning proper grammar is one thing, but losing your Southern accent?!  When I lived outside the U.S., I had to enuciate my words better so that people could understand me.  One day I called home and my Daddy said "Why are you talking like that?"  I said "Like what?"  He said "Like a Yankee!"  I said "I'm NOT talking like a Yankee!"  But I guess that I had lost a bit of my Southern accent...not intentionally!  You can bet that I regrouped and went back to my Southern way of speaking.

Apparently, there a lot of folks who love a Southern accent!  Read this article Hey Y'all: Southern Accents Voted Most Attractive.  There are also books that teach you how to speak Southern..."How To Speak With a Southern Accent" and "The Dixie Dictionary."

The author of the above mentioned newspaper article, Mr. Dick Yarbrough, goes on to talk about his successful career...with his Southern drawl and all!  I can tell y'all that I never had any complaints about my Southern accent during my working years.  Of course, I was often asked "Can you just talk for us?"

So what do y'all think?  Would you try to change your accent or do you think practicing proper grammar is sufficient?

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fountain of Juice

I took a break from eating Southern comfort food this week and stopped in at the Fountain of Juice in Macon.  The first thing I noticed was that it seemed to be a popular place and the staff was super friendly!  

The FOJ uses fresh organic ingredients and they support local farmers.  That's a win win for me!    It's a great spot for a casual lunch. 

The pico de gallo is awesome and it's healthy, minus the tortilla chips, right?!

This is their menu at the Vineville Avenue location.  I'm so happy to find this spot for casual lunching.  

Of course my eye went right to these containers of pimiento cheese.  I must try one of their pimiento cheese sandwiches on a future visit!

I had the vegetarian minestrone soup, with a salad, whole grain bread, and a refreshing green tea.  It tasted very fresh and delicious!

The temps in Middle Georgia have been in the 80's this week, so "Here's What I Wore."  The shorts, blouse, and sweater are all Ralph Lauren and the pearls are J Crew.  The ballet flats are by Cochni.

Getting ready to head to Tallahassee for the Florida State - Wake Forest game tomorrow!  Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

How to Hold A Clutch Purse

Evening Etiquette: How To Correctly Carry A Clutch

From Town and Country Magazine
with my 2 cents

Jennifer Fisher and Brett Heyman clink cocktails at the Edie Parker Spring 2015 presentation at New York Fashion Week.
What do you do when you have a glass of champagne in one hand, a clutch in the other, and you are introduced to someone? How do you juggle it all? 
I find myself winking at people when I first meet them and don't have an available hand. Some people enjoy it, others walk away quickly.  I would keep the beverage in my left hand and tuck the clutch under my left arm, leaving my right hand free to shake hands.
Should you dance with your clutch or leave it at the table? Dancing with a clutch is a no no. Leave it on top of the table and let people appreciate it.  I would leave the clutch on my chair seat.
What's the most flattering way to hold a clutch when getting photographed at an event? With a straight arm by your side.  I need to start holding my clutches with way.
What do you always carry in your clutch to a black tie event? Visine, Purell, tissues or a q-tip (but probably tissues), By Terry Baume de Rose lip balm, black eye liner, mints, $and yes, it does all fit!!  I carry an ID, keys, debit card, Burt's Bees lip balm, Chanel lipstick, mints, and cash.
How do you make everything fit? Clever packing. Yes, clever packing!
If you're wearing a black dress what kind of clutch color palette would you recommend this fall? I love deco colors like mint, emerald, sapphire and amethyst.  I love black or gold {old school}.
Is matching your shoes to your bag a do or a don't in your book? Totally unnecessary. As long as they play nicely off each other.  Lord have mercy, I always try to match my shoes to my pocketbook {very old school}!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Enjoying Autumn

 I hope everyone is enjoying autumn.  We have had a slight chill in the air in the mornings, but not enough chilly days to bring out the big sweaters and vests...maybe tomorrow!  Here's a few photos I've posted on Instagram recently.  I'm still running around like a chicken with my head cut off, trying to get settled back in Georgia. 

John his new spot on the kitchen counter.

An autumn tablescape for supper...

Getting the front porch ready for Halloween...

Nibbles and Bits...for Mama and her little lady friends.

Apple Punch...

Pumpkin Dip*

*Recipe for the Pumpkin Dip:
16 oz canned pumpkin
16 oz cream cheese
2 cups confectioner's sugar
1 tsp pumpkin spice

Mix the sugar and pumpkin spice well and add the canned pumpkin and cream cheese.  Blend all ingredients and chill.  Serve with graham sticks or ginger snaps.  

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice Tea...

Our at-home Gameday treats for the FSU - NCState game on Saturday.  Another nerve-wrecking game, but the Noles won!  Oh, and the Bucs won too!  #gobucs 

Thank you for stopping by today. Enjoy the season y'all!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wedding Guest Etiquette

We all know that Brides want to follow Wedding Etiquette, but did you know that there is etiquette to followed when you are a guest at a wedding?

I love this recent article in Southern Living Weddings "The Complete Guide to Being a Perfectly Southern Wedding Guest."

Before the Wedding
RSVP as soon as possible
Once you have your invitation in hand, make note of the RSVP date, and send your response as far in advance as you can. Better yet, if you already know you're attending, turn around and drop the RSVP card in the mail immediately!  If you don't R.s.v.p., people will remember!
Respect the guest list 
If you're single and the bride and groom would like you to bring a guest, your invitation will say "and guest," or they will call you ahead of time to see whom you'd like to bring and address the invitation accordingly. Children are invited if the invitation lists their names or says "and family." For heaven's sake, don't call the couple and ask to bring people they didn't invite—that's uncomfortable for everyone.  I had to remind my single brother of this rule recently...he was about to commit a wedding guest etiquette faux pas by bringing a date!
Utilize the resources the couple provides 
Read the couple's wedding website thoroughly before asking questions about travel or schedules. If you really can't find information you need, try contacting the mother of the bride or a member of the bridal party before asking the bride or groom directly, especially in the weeks and days leading up to the wedding.  Try not to bother the Bride...she's aready in a big tizzy.
At the ceremony
Be mindful of the dress code
This will often be specified on the wedding website, but if not, make an educated guess using the invitation, venue, and time of day as guides. A sundress and wedges are probably fine for an afternoon barn wedding, but an evening ballroom wedding requires at least a cocktail dress. When in doubt, dress up. Many guests look forward to weddings as opportunities to look their very best, and we love this tradition! Additionally, pay special attention to the attire guidelines for ceremonies held in houses of worship.  Make sure you know the difference between White Tie and Black Tie...White Tie--for the men, black dress tailcoat with matching slacks, white wing-collard shirt with cuff links, white vest, and black patent shoes with black socks.  For the the ladies--a floor-length gown.  Black Tie--for the men, black tuxedo jacket and matching slacks, formal white shirt with cuff links, black bow tie, black cummerbund, and black patent shoes with black socks. For the ladies--floor-length gown or dressy cocktail dress.
Don't wear white
Unless the bride and groom expressly ask you to wear white, don't do it. Some people consider this rule out of date, because no one will mistake a guest for the bride, but even if you know the bride won't mind, it's very likely that other guests will find your choice of attire rude or disrespectful. With all of the beautiful and colorful options available today, leave the white sundress at home for this one.  I am old-fashioned and still follow this rule and I don't wear red or black to a wedding either...that's just me!
Arrive at least 15 minutes (and up to a half hour) before the ceremony 
Give yourself time to park your car, pick up your program, and take your seat without even a chance of running into the bride before her walk down the aisle! Weddings are one occasion where there is no such thing as fashionably late. If you do arrive after the specified time despite your best efforts, an usher may be able to direct you inside at an appropriate time. If not, wait for a "louder" part of the ceremony, such as a hymn, before quietly seating yourself in the back.  Yes please be on time!
Put your camera and cell phone away (on silent)
Many couples now specifically request "unplugged" ceremonies, but even if they don't, resist the urge to snap pictures at the ceremony. Not only can a clicking camera be distracting to other guests, but it can also make the professional photographer's job difficult.  Respect the wishes of the Bride and Groom.
At the Reception
Don't attend the reception if you didn't go to the ceremony
The ceremony is the most important part of the wedding, and the reception is a celebration of that—not just a party. If you don't want to attend both, it may be best to stay at home.  Enough said.
Sit in the appropriate seat 
If the bride and groom have specified table numbers and seating assignments, sit where they ask you to. They have probably spent several hours laboring over whom to place where, and who knows what connections you'll make with your fellow guests!  This is a pet peeve of mine.  Never rearrange a placecard or ask the host if you can switch seats with's so tacky!
Be mindful of social media 
While couples almost universally prefer to have their ceremonies be social media free, there's not a one-size-fits-all guide for the reception. Some couples make it clear (often with a hashtag sign) that they welcome guests sharing photos, posts, or tweets, while others would prefer not to have their photos splashed over every newsfeed. Follow the couple's lead, or let your best judgment of their personalities guide your sharing.  Don't be tweeting or instagramming their photos before they do!  
Have fun!
Enjoy the meal, get on the dance floor, sign the guest book, attempt to catch the bouquet, and wish the bride and groom well. They've worked hard to make their reception a wonderful evening for you as well as them, and they'll be thrilled to see you having a good time.  Lord have mercy, don't make a scene!
After the Wedding
Send a thank-you note 
While your duties as a guest largely conclude when you head home from the reception (after the cake is cut, of course!), there's one surefire way to earn yourself a spot in the hall of fame: Send a thank-you note. A handwritten message to the bride and groom and/or to their parents, if they're hosting, can mean so much after a year or more of intense planning.  It is always appropriate to send a thank-you note!