A little bit about Robin

I was born in raised in Alabama and am proud of my Southern roots. I love to write and share life experiences, thoughts, and crafty ideas about interesting things past and present. Welcome to my neck of the woods. Sit down and swing a while.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Ode to The Little Black Dress

Every Woman needs a little black dress it's the one garment you can always slip on when you aren't sure what to wear for the evening, but you need to look fabulous.

My bridesmaid dresses are black silk shantung and I can’t wait to see all the girls in them. They are going to be just gorgeous. Everyone always looks at me weird when I tell him or her my dresses are black. “Oh” they say, “That is different, what color are your flowers?”

When looking for a little black dress, identify your key assists. Find a dress that flatters your body type and is comfortable to sit in. Be sure to show of a little skin. A shoulder, knee or backbone never hurt anyone. Crepe goes best with lining, and wool is always good for the winter cocktail parties. Buy a pair of pearls and a sassy pair of heals and you are good to go for years to come.

There are a number of things you can find on the market that play homage to the little black dress. There is a wine company called Little Black Dress Wine.
Check it out: www.lbdwines.com

I like to play Moon River by Johnny Mercer from Breakfast at Tiffany’s while I get ready for a little black dress outing. It enhances the mood and I feel like a princess. So when you are planning a black dress outing be sure to pick up some good wine, good music and pack your red lipstick!


Moon River, wider than a mile,
I'm crossing you in style some day.
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker,
wherever you're going I'm going your way.
Two drifters off to see the world.
There's such a lot of world to see.
We're after the same rainbow's end--
waiting 'round the bend,
my huckleberry friend,
Moon River and me.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Age is Just a Number

Today is the first day of the rest of my life. Today I turn 31. I forgot it was my birthday until my fiance reminded me with a cup of coffee and a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios. 31 is not so exciting. To tell you the truth, I could take it or leave it. When I was little and one of my parents would have a birthday, we would always ask, "Mom how old are you?" She could never remember.

"I am 42 or 43?" Then she would scream across the house, "MIIIIIKKKKKKKKKKE, how old am I today?"

"43," my dad would holler back.

Then she would disagree and say , "No I'm 42."

I understand now why it really did not matter. After life and jobs and weddings and children, age takes the back burner and so do birthdays. Michael and I will celebrate tonight in Atlanta with friends. I have to remind myself to savor these "young" moments Michael and I are living today. I feel young today. I feel healthy. I am happy to be alive. And the phrase I have always lived by finally makes sense. Age is just a number. Today I turned 21!

Cheers!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Cinco De Marriage

This weekend we are going to Atlanta. My Friend Alison is having her engagement party. Alison is marrying a nice boy named Edward. They are the great looking couple in this picture. When all is said and done her name will be Alison Krugman Crump. What a tongue Twister!!

My Birthday is on Friday, May 4th. Last year Alison threw my 30th Birthday Party and called it “Cinco De Robin”. This year since her engagement party is on May 5th we are calling the engagement party “Cinco De Marriage.”

Last year at my birthday party we made Margarita’s. Alison mixed 4 parts frozen margarita mix, 4 parts Lemon Lime Soda and some Tequila (I am not sure how much, I guess it depends on how much fun you want to have) and put it in a large cooler with cut up limes. It was so cute and festive!!

I do not think that the ladies giving Alison and Edward a party will have Margarita’s in a cooler. I am guessing we will have wine and beer and nice hors d'ovoures, I’m looking forward to it. I can't wait to see what everybody will be wearing.

While we are in Atlanta I am going to register at Crate And Barrel. I think Michael is over registering, but we are going and picking out some great stuff! If anyone has any suggestions on registering suggestions are welcome. We also registered at Macy's and Dillards and Lawrens in case anyone wants to buy us a plate or a knife or a pot holder or something like that:)

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Looking at the Golden Gate

This is a picture of Michael and I in San Francisco. I have been there many times, but it was Michael’s first trip. My Brother Brett lives in San Fran. He is married to a smart pretty girl named Beth and they have a beautiful daughter named Piper Quinn May. We are looking at the Golden Gate Bridge in this picture. It was Thanksgiving morning. We walked down to the Marina near our hotel to check out the scene. There were dogs with their owners everywhere and waves crashing against the rocks. My dad and mom were with us. My mom was smiling and my dad was carrying his coffee.

When we go visit Brett, we always stay at the Hotel Del Sol. Check it out here
http://www.jdvhospitality.com/hotels/hotel/5

Hotel Del Sol was a motor lodge in the 50's. The rooms are small and cute. Some rooms have a suite and a separate bedroom. If you are going to San Fran on vacation, you should not be sitting in your room. The Del Sol provides a lively atmosphere and is in walking distance to great restaurants and parks. You are a short cab ride away from Downtown San Fran, Pier 39 and China Town. They serve coffee, OJ and treats for breakfast. There is a large hammock in the courtyard and a small pool for swimming. The drive-in area has a yellow brick road just like the Wizard of Oz. Best of all the Del Sol is affordable. If you go the right time of year you can get a great deal.