Thursday, March 28, 2013

Name Game

Please do not beat me up. I am so behind on blog reading and commenting and stalking and all the things necessary to continue to be loved in blogland. I promise to catch up this week, the weekend and before next week. 

In the meantime, hypothetically I have stated this week that I might want to change my blog name. So, say if I did what should I change it too? 

Here are my choices in no particular order...

1. The Alley Way 
the last name is Alley and the Alley way or the highway.

2. The Queen Dee or 
The Queen D
my first name starts with D, my middle name is de (yes, spelled with a little "d" fun fact)
and friends called me Dee Dee.

3. Hip & Square
sometimes I am cool and sometimes just the average weird human being

So, which one do you like? Or do you have another suggestion? I am all eyes because I can't hear you, duh! 

As Tone Loc would say, "Let's Do It" (insert Wild Thing music here).


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Kitchen Aide

So you know how I talked yesterday about changing my kitchen, well, I thought I would just continue you on, show you what I am dreaming and see what you think. First, a little back story. I am a country girl at heart. Now don't get it wrong, no deer heads because looking at their eyes freak me out. You know just like those beastly Peeps that are in the stores right now. I avoid them at all cost in the grocery store. The creep me the eff out. Weirdo fact #1.

But I like pretty things. Things that are worn. Items that look like they tell a story. I want to look at something and say this reminds me of a time when...... And even though I can turn into a honey badger in two point two seconds, I am still a girly girl at heart. 

So, with that said, I am not a contemporary girl at all. I don't like cool stark rooms with alot of black or white and metal and I am not one for off the wall patterns. But I will say that I like to mix and match a little old and a little new. As long as the room tells a story. Okay, there's my interior design advice. Want anymore, send me a email. 

I am attracted to Cape Cod style homes. I love New England. The feel of an old cedar shake home overlooking the ocean is honestly where I dream to live one day with endless Hunter boots and shopping at the local seafood market. So, I am in love with cottage type homes and the decor. A hodge podge of goodies and treasures you find and make them fit into your own home. Something weathered and re purposed. Oh, to take a wooden pallet and make a coffee table out of it or a picture frame with left over wood. Heaven.

When I start a project, I look for inspiration. Something takes me to a place of imagination. A color, a texture and how it makes me feel. 

My inspiration was this tea cup. I love the mixture of the old world pattern and the worn turquoise blue with the pure white. 

So, I want to paint my kitchen which is now a two toned tan color with white washed cabinets, a more subtle burlap color very light but the more I see these cottage white walls the more I become inspired to do this. Which I will instantly regret because of dirty 8 year old hands and muddy dogs. but the real stand out piece is my island which I want to cover with bead board and paint this pretty turquoise, robin's egg, weathered color. I also want to repaint my cabinets white. Here are a few examples of the color and style of kitchen I am dreaming of.

This kitchen has all my elements, bead board, brick, that little yellow oven to add character and that color, oh, that color on the cabinets.

This kitchen has alot of the elements I also love. The white is a little too stark for me but there's that island. Oh, and that color again.

This room even as an office makes me swoon. I also have a cabinet in my kitchen that I want to repaint. Oh, and there's that color again. A little more blue grey but these walls, I would have to repaint my wooden kitchen table...oh, the possibilities.

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So there you have it. My color inspiration for my island. One day to have a farmhouse kitchen sink but for now just to add a little color. What do you think? I know this look isn't for everyone but that color is inviting and calm right? And isn't your home a reflection of who you are? This makes you want to just come, eat biscuits and drink sweet tea.

Happy Wednesday friends. Find something inspirational and inviting today.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


I don't like change. Do you like change? I mean in life it is sometimes inevitable. I have been contemplating so many things lately. For instance.. I have thought about changing my hair color. Going back to my roots. My hair is pretty dark naturally. But I know that when I change it I will freak out and spend more money to lighten it up because I know it will send me over the edge into tears. But I also know that it will be less maintenance. 

I want to change my kitchen. I want to paint the walls, cabinets and my island. I want to make my island a different color than the walls just to add character. But I am afraid it will not be how I want it and then I have spent the money and then I have to spend more money to redo it. I know it will be fine, its just the initial change of it. And this coming from someone who went to Interior Design school. You would think I would be changing my whole house every five minutes.

I want to change my blog name? Have any of you ever thought of doing this? I feel like I am at a place that I want to be more identifiable. Or taken more serious or something that is simpler. I have been giving this great thought, but then I think about all the changes I have to make. Buttons, business cards, social media sites, etc. And then I worry more about will people like it, will the follow me with the change? I am so indecisive about it. I really want my blog to grow. I really want it to be something everyone talks about. 

There are other things I am all up a rut with. My body, life, attitude.. just the normal life things that make me indecisive which is hard for me because I am not usually a back and forth type girl. I either like it or I don't. I either jump in feet first or I say you go first you twit. I don't know if its the blues or its just I need to just take a few leaps and become brave. 

Have you ever been like this? Just needing change so bad but afraid to do it? Would you follow me if I had a blog name change or should I keep it? It's just hair right? Ugh, see....

Thoughts welcome,

Friday, March 22, 2013


I hope everyone has a great weekend.

And this is why I love Twitter.

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Thank you Jen for this faboo convo!

Happy Weekend Friends,

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


With Spring around the corner, here are some of the essentials that I am craving. 

Jack Purcell Canvas Kicks
Big Face Watches (casual and dressy)
Pretty light weight dresses
Boyfriend Cardi's 
Basic White Tee
A pony and  Fedora
That tattoo on my wrist

What's your essentials for spring?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Life's Like Leg Lifts

Have you ever just felt like a dump, frump, slum, glum, and anything else you can think of that makes you feel  blah. That's how I have felt the last two months really.  You all know I went to the doctor because I broke out in hives. Well, I now get to go see an allergist. High five myself. The other reason I went to the doctor was because I haven't felt worth a shitballs. Really, I have no drive to do much of anything except hole up in my house. I mean its not really that I don't do anything, I have a child who keeps me busy, but I feel invisible otherwise. 

I was telling the doctor that I have been working out and haven't lost a pound. Zilch. I am not over weight, but I am so out of shape and I have noticed that things are moving to the midsection. Me not likey. I can wear a muffin top proudly but when I start looking like a busted can of biscuits then I start feeling like an puff a lump. I feel bad. My insecurities take over and I don't feel good about myself. 

I talked to the doctor and I felt like she didn't offer me any advice. I mean my co-pay is $25 smacks and the insurance probably paid her $250 and all she could say is, "well, you know how long it took me to lose weight? Six months and that was walking a treadmill every single day." At that moment, I wanted to jab her in the throat. But that would not have been the right thing to do considering she's a one woman operation and there would be no one there to treat her wind pipe injury. But fantasizing is a great learning skill. 

So, she explained to me about the metabolism and eating every so many hours to keep it burning but I just feel like I am eating all day and I hate it. The only thing I want to eat all day is kettle chips. But apparently that's frowned upon in this establishment of the weight loss world. I bought some new DVD's and am fairly certain that Shaun T might be ready to fly right out into the world of free love which is fine with me but I want to see results. My operation bikini has went down hill and I now have enough of a collection of workout videos to make me at least be Jillian Michaels' long lost cousin. Maybe I should try her videos, but then again I want to live to see 42 as bad as that number sounds. 

So, what's a girl to do? How do I feel better about myself? How do I just accept that its just a funk and I will snap out of it? What do you do when you get like this? I mean for me its hard. I am the advice giver. I am the mother hen. I am the one who speaks the truth and give people the reality and yet, I feel like I have had no one to give me back what I need. I am not usually the blah blah girl, but it really makes me aware that yes, I can have the emotional and physical struggles just like anyone else. I just need a little lift. Life is like leg lifts. Some days you can do it and some days its too painful but eventually the strain goes away and you can get back to being spectacular. 

Happy Tuesday. Thanks for letting me share.. 

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Life is not always a Smoothie

So, I am out of town for a few days and I come back and there is all this wild craziness about Google Reader and Bloglovin. Somehow, reader is going away and Bloglovin is where its at. If you ask me Bloglovin is always been where it's at. I love it, well, I love it when I am caught up not when it says I have 225 unread posts. But really people just do me a favor because I have no clue what Google Reader even is, just go ahead and follow me on Bloglovin here. (and I just typed bloglovin 5 times in this paragraph)

But really I got worse problems or had them. First, I bought new underwear. Yes, when the elastic starts turning into homemade rubber bands, it could be time to get something to cover all that territory. I get my new package of 6 and according to the size chart bought the size recommended. I get home, throw them in the wash, dry and take them out and I am fairly certain these will only fit a 12 year old. I don't know if they shrank or if I just really believed the chart process, but these could only be good for dust rags at this point. Oh, and whatever happened to all white undies? I like living dangerously and not having to color code my under garments. 

Second, I must learn direction.  I basically take direction like this.- go to first stop sign make a right, then follow that road until you see a big tree, turn left go just long enough and you will see a garden gnome on a fence post turn into driveway and go past big get the point right? So, I go to Orlando for a marketing summit and rent a car and off I go. Going to the hotel is fine and the rest is nothing but European Vacation. Round and Round I go..Look kids, Big Ben! Parliament! All I can say is thank goodness I left in enough time to get to the airport because I totally drove around in a circle trying to go West or was it East?

Finally, remember last week and my super delicious dupe boots I found. Well, Wednesday night while getting my outfits together and packing, I decide to try on my looks to make sure I have everything and I am not going to look hideous. Which in turn means I will probably look hideous. Any hoot, I put my left boot on and something was stick out in the inside sole of the shoe. I put my fingers down into it and feel two sharp, pointy objects. I realized it must have been shoe tacks. I called to see about returning them and here's the kicker they didn't have my size anymore. So, I had the option to return and get my money back but peeps, these shoes are more awesome in person, so Saturday morning I took them to a shoe repair shop and for $2 smacks he took the shoe tacks and staple out of the sole and I am one happy lady. But it screwed up my whole thought process on packing and my outfits. That one pair of shoes totally gave me the Debbie downers and I ended up packing nothing spectacular and mostly frump. Plus, it was colder there than in Tennessee. I froze my baguettes off. 

So there's my whole story. It's life a life lesson. Well, not really. I just realized that when life gives you lemons you make smoothies with something better than lemons. 


Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Big O

I am out of town to Orlando for a marketing summit meeting, but I am sure I will have a few stories to tell. See you when I get back! Until then here's a picture so you don't forget what I look like.
Make sure you miss me!


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mission Complete

When I go on a mission to find something. I become border line obsessed. And it really is about anything in life. My friends tell me all the time I should be a private detective because I can find out where a dog takes a poop at 3 am if I set my mind to it. 

I for some reason have been into shoes lately. Mainly because I don't have enough just casual wear with jeans shoes but are dressy enough to still be cool and workable. If you have seen my Pinterest boards you will probably see my shoe pins. 

So, here is my muse. I really have been looking and admiring Jennifer Aniston's laid back style. I mean who doesn't love her or a least an outfit or two she's worn. I am traveling on Thursday and have been thinking of what I could wear that's comfy yet still get off the plane ready. I am going to a marketing summit in our Orlando office. It's a laid back atmosphere, business casual type of two days. 

I became obsessed with this outfit and these boots and recreating it to my best ability. Which meant hunting down these boots.

Here's the kicker, the boots are called Azzedine Alaia Leather Lace up boots. These pics are from 2010 and these boots, hold on to your wad's were approximately in the $1000 dollar range. Can I get a big "F" that? So, I went on a mission.

That's right. Another Splurge vs. Steal. And guess how much my little steals are? A whopping $19.99 from Kmart. Pretty good dupe if I do say so myself. 

This private eye is on a roll for finding the deals and my outfit for Thursday's 6 am flight is complete. So what do you think, I did pretty damn good right? Mission Complete. You want me to find something...let me know. I am on it like a duck on a junebug.

Happy Wednesday,

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Around Town

I thought I would say Happy Tuesday. Then go right into the mumbo jumbo because we all ain't got time for anything else. Life is hectic. I read snippets of things here and there and think, what in the world. 

Celebrities provide me with much material to write about. They also provide inspiration through music, fashion or even their words. I mean whoever doesn't think that Lionel Richie didn't speak to them at one point or another is just high on fructose corn syrup. 

Everyone is all a buzz about the new Brandy Glanville book. If you haven't heard she's the chick whose husband had an affair with Leann Rimes. Now listen I love me some housewives no doubt. I myself most days have no filter but I also know when to zip the lips. Yes, I get it. I also know what its like to have been cheated on. Was I hurt? Yes, did I want to tell the world his penis had gross ingrown hairs and he secretly had a foot fungus, yes. But when you have children, you learn to shut your trap with class. This woman's children although I am sure loved by both parents, will get to read this and watch all of the things she is saying. And if you ask me the crazy one is her by opening her mouth every five minutes about it. Move on. She spoke the other night about having a threesome.. And so let me get this straight, you allowed another woman into your relationship and then was surprised he boinked someone else? Uh, I am confused. My point is, I can't imagine you were perfect seeing the way you act now has to be a glimpse of how you could be. I had to face the fact that sometimes it happens. You too are at fault. There was a breakdown. Did I deserve it? No. Relationships change. People cheat. It sucks. But there have been many people who took the high road in Hollywood... Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Aniston, Robert Pattinson, Jackie Kennedy and the list goes on. The truth is you are not any different just because of your zip code or status. But really class and your children's thoughts should be your first priority. You love them and will never say anything bad about their father yet you "write" it. Makes not a lick of sense. This is also a woman who said her vagina was damaged by her ex and had surgery on it. I am going to give you the southern Bless Your Heart. 

This Jodi Arias trial is the talk of the town. I honestly had no clue until last week who or what it even was. I live in a land of Disney Channel people. So I got a little caught up reading and watching. I am fairly certain I am lost. But let me see if I get it. This woman stabbed him over 30 times, slit his throat, shot him and then pulled his body to the bathtub and left? Oh, and the kicker it was self defense? Umm, let me know how this goes because that's just crazy talk. Self defense is you shoot, stab or hit then run away then call the police to help you. But then again, what is the definition of anything in our justice system anymore ie..OJ Simpson and Casey Anthony..point taken.

Kim Kardashian got a blood facial.. what a winner. That's about all I can say for that. Well, I lied. We all want to live a long time. We all especially women want to be wrinkle free, do what we can to preserve our youthfulness. But here's the dummy. You can stuff it and tuck it all you want. Your still going to get wrinkles. Your hands are going to show age, your going to get the droops. You can't preserve yourself forever and if you keep it up you will look like one of those Phantom of the Opera masks. It's life. I slap on the wrinkle cream and do my best to look good but the sad part is I don't' have a blue million dollars to nip and tuck and no matter what i do, I am still getting older. I have little age spots, little droops of skin and guess what? All I can say is thank you God for letting me be here to experience it. 

That's my around town BS. I wanted to speak my mind on the current events going on. I am certain I will be considered for a position on The View.

Happy Tuesday,

Friday, March 8, 2013

I Took A Dump

Friday's here. I hope you all enjoy the weekend. This week has been one of those push yourself to the limit type of weeks. But a little reflections always brings me back to my center

Sometimes I get wrapped up with the
materials things in life

it's the beautiful creatures and my surroundings
that bring me back to reality.

Have a great weekend,

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Shoe Doctor

Last week I featured a pair of darling shoes. And yes they are $110 smacks. I still am greatly in love with them but I got so many emails asking me about them that I decided that us dudettes on a budget should have easier access on the wallet. So here's what the Tater Queen found for you. Oh, and your welcome!

The Splurge

The Steals

There are your dupes. Each of these come in another color as well. The top in Navy and the bottom in Gold. I bought the one's from Amazon and they arrived yesterday. I am fairly certain that if someone swipes my purse I will not be running after them, but I like the fact of now being 5'8" while wearing them. 

Happy Wednesday,

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

It's A Fact Jack!

There are so many things I love about being southern. Although there is a great misconception. I am still trying to figure out why? I mean where else could you have Swamp People, Duck Dynasty and Honey Boo Boo? I can't see where people in other parts of the country would get that southern people are rednecks, do you? Jerks. 

I mean where else do people take a deer and make it into twelve gourmet meals. You have deer chili, deer stew, deer steak, deer spaghetti, deer roast, deer jerky and deer sausage. Kill alligators, squirrels, rattlesnakes and whip up some frog legs and we will claim it tastes like chicken. Bobby Flay my ass.

You go up North and ask for sweet tea and they look at you like popped a lens out of your Ray Bans. Believe me I did this once or twice. But if you don't have sweet tea in the fridge then its the Anti-Christ. Life as you know it is over. People with diabetes will soon die. 

Other parts of the country people eat their eggs with some dude named Benedict. Here we slap on some ketchup and gulp it up. I mean ketchup is the secret sauce in these here parts.

We can make a god damn pie out of anything. Apples, peaches, pears, cherries, chocolate, lemons, pecans, chess and dirt. And if there is a cook out instead of making it round, we might throw it in a 9" x 13" baking pan and call it cobbler just to fake you out.

If you ask people what the national anthem is they will tell you any Lynyrd Skynyrd song and stand up, take their hats off and more than likely have some obnoxious yelling in the background. It's our way of ad-libbing a song. I mean who really needs a song celebrating our country that you can't dance too. Have you ever tried to two step to the Star Spangled Banner? I think not.

We are also handy people. We take old school buses and turn them into fine homes. At one time or another it's every girls dream in the South to get past second base on a school bus, so daddy moved us in.

It's nothing if you lose a tooth, just means you can sip through a straw better. Seriously, it's called a tooth brush not a teeth brush. 

I have never understood the fight between the North and South. You mother fuckers up North win. Why? Because we are down here sweating our balls off killing alligators, whippin' up pies, honky tonkin', and decorating our new trailer on wheels with a confederate flag as a bed spread. You bitches are all frozen and preserved which kept at a slightly cooler temperature will be able to thaw in the spring and live to tell about it. We are all dead by then from massive heart attacks from doing all the above. We even make love in grease. 

Shi-yut people! I rest my case that the South will rise again.. Sweet Home Alabama. Where the skies are so blue..every one show some respect. Where can I sign up to work at the Chamber of Commerce?

Happy Tuesday,

Monday, March 4, 2013

I Am Not A Bee

Monday madness. That's what the end of the weekend brings. How was your weekend? Mine was uneventful except, well, let me just tell the story. 

I woke up early Saturday morning because my 14 year old beast dog, Mille needed to go outside. She apparently has no sense of time because this is a frequent occurrence that she needs to crap at 3 am. You really have no choice but to get up if not she will bark and bark or she will just crap on the floor. I mean it sucks being ninety eight. 

I walked back to bed and began to itch. I thought maybe it was just dry skin. This winter has been a bitcharoo on my skin. So, of course I scratch. I finally go back to sleep and I wake up in the morning about 7 am and make coffee and clean up the kitchen a bit. I noticed my butt was itching and then my the sides of my torso, my ears and then the back of my neck. I chalked it up to a night sweat and needed a shower because people in their forties sometimes do this or it could have been that the temp in the house was 75. What can I say I was freezing my baguettes off. A couple of hours later I draw water to wash a few dishes. I start doing the woman duties and I noticed my hands were bright red. The water was hot but no different than usual. Then it hit, the itch on my hands almost drove me insane. The palms of my hands were bright red, blotchy and starting to swell. 

So I go to my trusty iPad and look up "red itchy palms" and it pops up, Hives. Say what? Hives! What the heck is that? I read further and then look at pictures. And low and behold it has to be hives. I got the hives. Like I had leprosy or something. As soon as I figured out that's what it was it was almost like a bug crawling all over you, I started to itch all over. Even my knee caps itched. I took a benedryl and it started to get better. But my hands still itched even between my fingers. Where or how did I get hives? I still haven't figured it out. It is either the laundry detergent which I have almost narrowed it down to that since I was folding clothes and my hands started to swell and get itchy blotchy again or it could be an antibiotic I was taking. I have no idea. All I know is I have been scratching like a flea infested hound dog and apparently the hot water makes it worse. I am almost to the point of asking someone to lift my hair and spread that flea guard liquid on my neck and down to my butt like you do an animal. 

I am going to give it about hmmm, another day and then its off to the doctor I go. Thank goodness it hasn't spread to my face nor have I had trouble breathing but I would pay a person $1000 dollars to use a wire brush to scratch my body. I can only pop so many pink pills because it knocks me out. And believe me, I am not producing honey from these hives. So, we will see. Here's hoping it goes away quickly. I don't want people to think I have the mange with all the scratching. Anyone else had these and can tell me a quick?

Happy Monday,