Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from December, 2014

Year in Review

Dear 2014, 
You have been a pretty good year. A year filled with ups and downs. This is by no means a post to be braggy but feel free to click away from here if a look back on our year doesn't interest you. 
We visited places old and new 


Drank a lot of tea


Drank in general 


Spent time with family 

Watched a lot of football 

Celebrated our one year anniversary

Celebrated in general 
Side note: Yes, I realize we need to get Shaun a new blazer. 
Saw friends get married and friends and family welcome babies. 
It's not my place to post pics of not my kids so sorry, more pics of us. 
Lost our dog, and found her!

Took a ton of dorky photos 

We faced challenges at work and challenges at home. I started a new job in July and Shaun ended the year with an offer to one he starts in January. Shaun struggled through PT for an old shoulder injury and I experienced it for the first time with a twisted knee. There have been car accidents and sickness. We ate too much and worked out too little. But in the e…

Cashmere Care

I like nice things, but sometimes I suck at taking care of them. Case in point, for a long time I have wondered how the heck people keep cashmere sweaters for years when I just look at mine and poof, fuzz balls everywhere! Somewhere along the way I discovered the secret the rest of the world already knew, you don't just wear a cashmere sweater like a regular piece of clothing, you have to take care of it. Perhaps this is why cashmere is so expensive, to insure only people with lady's maids to care for it have it. But since this is no Downton Abbey lifestyle here at Casa De MandySue I've had to learn these things on my own. 
But seriously, I love a nice cashmere sweater. I would never, EVER, pay the full retail price but I do love the way Lilly Pulitzer elevates cashmere beyond just a plain boring black turtleneck. 
This is the Nanette sweater, I got this ON SALE for $99, yikes! But oh how I love the ruffles 

And this one is the Madison, sale price $158, yeah, you better belie…

$40 Holiday Date

It's been awhile since I've done a $40 date, partially because we've been bad about sticking to a budget when going out but also because its been a lot of the same places visited. But with the holiday season I have a new idea for y'all!

A Memphis tradition is the Enchanted Forest. Many cities have a similar concept: festival of trees, winter wonderland . . . Basically a display of holiday decorated tree with the admission to benefit a local charity. For the past few years The Enchanted Forest has been held at The Pink Palace (sorry Lilly lovers, it's a museum). This year in addition to the daytime hours between Thanksgiving and New Year The Enchanted Forest is open until 9pm on Friday nights. So when I found myself too tired to attend a holiday party I figured this was the perfect low key activity. 
Good luck with the small print, but some history on the event: 

This year there is a nice display of trees, we looked at them all and then took some photos of our favor…

Happy Holidays!

It's the holiday season, yay! 
OMG, I love me some Christmas. I'm pretty good at (or bad about if you're a pessimist) self gifting year round so while gifts are nice it's the spirit of the season I love so much. This year I haven't felt as much cheer in the air as I'd like but it's a time of year where I try really hard to find joy in even the simplistic of things. 
Even though I don't have kids to set out a creepy elf for nightly I still like to do something Christmasey each day. Sometimes this is a bit of a challenge as it seems a lot of holiday activities are geared towards children and I don't like being the creeper adult at a kiddie activity with no kids, but really, are you ever too old to take a picture with Santa or have some holiday fun? 
On Monday Shaun and I busted out our advent calendars, I had this nice idea if us getting fancy ones and filling them with sweet notes and treats for each other but sometimes things just creep up on you and y…