Closeted Aggravation

Not much posting around here during the summer. I've been busy with work, friends, and my life loves, and just haven't had much to blog about recently. I've also been focusing on getting my house in order, and cooking at home/exercising as often as possible. But with the focus on updating the house and my look, I've become so frustrated with my closet. Did you know I only wear coral? Like seriously, that's basically all I've got in my closet for summer. How dumb. I'm thinking that during August I'll focus on doing some updating with some different colors, as well as finishing out the living room with a big white rug. Here's what I'm thinking...

Talbot's Edie Strip
I actually already have this dress
and it's perfect for summer and those hot game days.
Dress Up's Summer Peaches Maxi
Yes, I realize there is coral on this.
But it's also beautiful, and could be worn
in the fall with a denim jacket.
Talbot's Polka-Dot Shirtdress
Amazing for fall--work and game days.
Also would be a great transition dress,
wedges for September, boots for October. 

Target Jacquard Fit-n-Flare
I'm really into this cut right now,
as it's fun, forgiving, and super work appropriate.
This dress would also be a good summer
to winter pick. (and is currently on clearance)

Weekend Recap: Fireworks on the Fourth

For the 4th of July, I visited my mom in Flotown. We spent the day out by the pool tanning and napping. After the pool, we really didn't have any plans as to what we were actually going to do for fireworks, which is like one of my favorite things in life. So we got all dressed up and headed to...Darlington Raceway. Now those who know me are not surprised by this: I have a slight obsession with NASCAR, and Jeff Gordon. Whatever, not a big deal. It's my one redneck tendency. And my grandparents do have a NASCAR Christmas tree and Dale cutout, so it's probably inevitable that I enjoy this sport and could surely be blamed on genetics.

I've been to a couple races, and always love showing up in my prissy outfits to watch the race. Sometimes it's kind of fun to stand out in the drunken crowd, right? We dressed up to go to Darlington for the fourth too in our dresses and Jacks, where we enjoyed turkey legs and cotton candy before watching fireworks from the infield. Y'all--we got to drive under the track. I've never done that before and it was too cool! The fireworks were awesome, some of the best I've ever seen. I'm so glad I got to create a new tradition with my family this year!

Healthy Yogurt Yummy

Back on the healthy eating bandwagon today, folks. It's amazing how unsettling a move, new job, etc., can be to a routine. I finally had my full of my favorite junk foods, and kicked the day off with an Atkins meal replacement shake {serious yum if you've never tried it--they even have flavors with coffee!!}, and did a big haul at the grocery store tonight to get supplies. That's my number one downfall: not being prepared. Not having food on hand sends me straight to Chick-fil-A. 

I've been seeing this low-carb/healthy dessert recipe on Pinterest lately and thought tonight during The Bachellorette would be the perfect time to try it! So easy peasy, just yogurt and sugar free pudding mix. That's it! I looked for the lowest carb yogurt I could find, scooped it into a bowl, and mixed in the pudding powder a little at a time. I knew it was ready once the tart yogurt scent swapped to a graham crackery/cheesecake scent. I let it sit for a few minutes to thicken like real pudding, and yummy! This may be my new favorite thing! 

What's your favorite healthy recipe? 

Jekyll Island Club

This week I had the pleasure of touring the Jekyll Island Club. The Chamber will host their adult leadership class's retreat there in the fall, and since I had never been/am in charge of the class, it seemed like it would be a good idea to go down for the day and see the grounds. Whoa--I am majorly impressed. I'd heard how beautiful it was, but the resort blew me away. It looks like something out of a movie {may or may not have reminded me of Dirty Dancing}with perfectly manicured grounds, accurately restored homes that were originally built by families with names such as Rockefeller, Pulitzer, and Goodyear; and of course wonderful food. I had the "Award Winning" Jekyll Shrimp and Grits for lunch, and I know why they call it award winning--it was different from any shrimp and grits I've tried before, and I like to think of myself as a connoisseur of the dish!

Jekyll Island Club--Clubhouse & Annex

Jekyll Island Club--San Souci

Jekyll Island Club--Crane Cottage 

Jekyll Island Club--Crane Cottage Garden
Wouldn't this be an amazing location for a wedding?

Jekyll Island Club--Crane Cottage Courtyard
I bet they've had some fun wedding receptions here!

Jekyll Island Club--Crane Cottage Garden 

Jekyll Island Club--Faith Chapel
There is a real Tiffany window in here, and precious Bride
and Groom quarters too. 

I can't wait to go back in the fall and explore over a long weekend. This is such a beautiful place--and would be the ideal location for a destination wedding! We ended the most beautiful day by stopping at a little hidden gem known as Driftwood Beach. I've never seen anything like that! Huge trees littered the beach, completely bleached by the salt and sun. I'll definitely have to take more pictures next time!