by martha, summertime cocktail

the mockingbird next door

growing up in alabama, to kill a mockingbird was requisite reading. i’ll never forget the first time i read this timeless novel and being captivated by the history surrounding the story, the town and the characters.  growing up in a family full of lawyers i felt a special kinship with atticus as i imagined my dad arguing to a jury like gregory peck did in the movie adaptation. (my dad and i will  tell you that arguing in front of a jury is nothing like that but i digress) i’ve read the book many more times and i learn something new each time. also i’ve read the stories that that lee actually didn’t write the book but her childhood friend, truman capote.

last night my friend Jenna and i went to hear author marja mills talk about her book the mockingbird next door which is about her time spent with harper and alice lee in monroeville, al. the book is not without controversy. however, we found ms. mills to be charming and full of stories that bring harper “nelle” lee to life; to someone that you could drink a cup coffee with and discuss the latest going ons in monroeville or the world. i can’t comment on the book but just the time listening to ms. mills i can’t wait to read more. i learned that the book will enter the new york times best seller list at number four which means that more than one person liked it.

ps. let me give a shoutout to the alabama booksmith. if you are fortunate to live in birmingham you must go check out this store. jake reiss, the owner, only carries signed copies of books and was instrumental in bringing ms. mills to birmingham, not to mention many other authors over the years. if you don’t live in birmingham go check out their website. my friend jenna turned me on to the booksmith many years ago and i’ve been a fan ever since.



by caroline, Fall Fashion, things we love . . . to wear

open to kimono????

if i had to pin my body type to a celebrity, i’d probably say britney spears — the later years.  i’d love to report it’s cameron diaz or even miley cyrus but . . . although i exercise, stay in shape, and watch what i eat, i think you can tell by looking at me, like britney, that i fall prey a bakery treat now and then and never look like i have starved myself.  “healthy” my mom might call it. . . .  so, i am always (read: ALWAYS) on the lookout for a flattering silhouette — something to make me feel lithe, whether or not it is a reality.  if i FEEL more slender, then i see green lights all day.

enter the kimono. . . . asian ladies got this one figured out a while ago.  with the cinched waist and the butterfly sleeves, the kimono jacket or dress is an odds on favorite to make you look and feel like you are 5 lbs lighter.   mango just released their premium line fall and there are two fabulous looking kimono jackets that will be perfect for now and perfect for fall.  throw either on now with a pair of black slacks, bermuda shorts or mini skirt and some great slides for a fun summer look.  then pair them this fall with black wool separates.  for a really super fly look, pair the white kimono with a white midi skirt and booties like phoebe philo showed in the celine fall 2014 show or kind of like clare waight keller did at chloe.  srsly,  you should be open to the kimono . . .




back view with slacks . . .


a celine runway look with a kimono-esque jacket


chloe fall 2014 runway

biker chic, by martha, Fall Fashion, fashion trends, handbags, leather, Uncategorized

i wanna rock n roll all night and party everyday…

this past weekend i went to the kiss def leppard concert and i felt inspired, especially when flipping through this month’s bazaar and saw a fashion layout on “biker chic”. how awesome is that because let me tell you you are going to see a lot of biker chick at the kiss concert. see below. just an fyi, that’s me on the right just in case there was any confusion.

by caroline, gym wear, things we love . . . to wear

yo, sporto!

based on the popularity of lulu lemon, and the size and number of stores that have popped up in the past five years, it’s a pretty good bet that you, like me, spend a good amount of time during the week in work-out attire.  where martha and i live, it seems almost like an addiction — er’body wears them some work clothes er’where!   despite the amount of time i spend in work-out clothes, i have a very small collection of functional pieces and most of those pieces have seen their better day . . . what?  i just end up spending my money on other things  . . . like clothes that i don’t wear as much as my work-out clothes . . . .  at some point this has got to change.

lucky for us a couple of heavy hitters are entering the arena and there are some white hot options!!! just launched, which has an enormous platform of options — from sports to designers . . . . seriously, anything you could be looking for to keep you looking fly at the gym or starbucks on saturday is covered!  also, one of my new favorite designers, emerson fry, has launched an activewear line that is fabulous!!!  i need a gift certificate for my next gift receiving event!!  (hint! hint!)  below, i have teased out a couple of my favorites!!




emerson fry element crew, $128, yoga capri, $158, and unisex surf short, $128. i am totally diggin’ this look, top to bottom. white capris are ordinarily a non-starter for me, but i think they look great with the navy shorts which would hide all of my “tough” spots (or what i like to call my “T&A” – thighs and a**!!)



emerson fry sun racerback set of two, $138. i get so tired of black . . . this graphite/navy hits the perfect note of dark and classic. well done!


bodyism lily stretch sportsbra, $80. i love the cut of this bra — certainly should avoid the uni-boob and it promises to accommodate high-intensity work-outs. of all things, my sportsbra needs freshening up! and often!


bodyism “I am shiny” paneled stretch jersey leggings, $145 at these are totally fly — i love the idea of mixing it up a little!


nike roshe run mesh sneakers, $85 at bright colorful sneaks are the only sneakers to have these days and i love the orange/pink/yellow color combo . . . very summer . . .


this desert sands cotton terry top by splendid is perfect to throw on after a workout. i am absolutely crazy for it! $105 at


for all you media addicts, the jawbone UP24 bluetooth activity tracking band will help you keep track in style! $150 at

by martha, summertime cocktail, summertime fun

life is just a peach…

especially when it is incorporated in a cocktail. peaches are in season right now and in honor of the weekend, i thought i would post a summertime cocktail. as a bonus it is easy peasy

peach cocktail

peach cocktail





  • 2 oz. Stoli peach vodka
  • Splash of cranberry juice
  • Splash of orange juice
  • Splash of Champagne
  • Peach slice

Shake first three ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker, then strain into glass. Add Champagne and garnish with peach slice.



by caroline, Fall Fashion, jewelry, things we love . . . to wear

hoop dreams . . .

i am not the girl with the extensive jewelry collection . . . .  i am more the type to find a couple of nice pieces and wear them day-in-and-day-out without change until i stumble across another piece that captures my fascination.  it is only when i am seriously moved that i change my jewelry.  i know martha (who has an amazing jewelry collection) is cringing as she reads this!!!  but i get hooked on a vibe and it could last 10 months to a year.  i am pleased to report, now is THAT time – i have found a new earring!!   the fall/winter 2014 collection for céline featured a black hoop with everything. . . and i . . . am . . . CRAZY for it!  céline is not sold online, so i will have to muster my courage to call a store and inquire about pricing (being ready to pretend to have poor cell service and then hang up quickly if the price is out of my league).  also, they do not feature the hoops along with the other jewelry on the website (maybe they are not yet available?).  i have already conducted a huge internet sweep for a good knock-off (love a good knock-off!) but so far no major contenders . . .  but there are two options i am working on.  while there is little chance that the $6 pair from amazon will somehow miracuously not look like they cost $6 when it arrives next week, with the free shipping offer, it is def worth a shot.  also, i found a pair of black-plated sterling silver at gemologica (?) that is promising but i have no idea what to expect.  fingers crossed!!  there is still plenty of time — you can’t keep your hoop dreams down . . . xo, cg (more later on the shear socks and pointy-loafers . . .) celine-black-hoop-earrings celine-black-hoop-earrings-black-dress celine-black-hoop-earrings-black-overcoat celine-black-hoop-earrings-black-pants-white-top celine-black-hoop-earrings-black-shear-dress celine-black-hoop-earrings-blue-white-pleated-dress


at $6.16 from amazon with free shipping, i do not have my hopes up high for these hoops. i’ll keep you posted. . .


at $72, these black-plated sterling silver (???) from gemologica were worth a shot as well . . . more promising that the $6 pair but, still . . .



why “mesh” it up?

mesh is hot right now and not just in basketball nets or the bottom of a gym bag. i’ve seen it everywhere and it looks like it is going to be one of those pieces that we see even as we head into fall.

i first saw mesh this spring and was a little leery of it. would i look cheap? would my peeps think i was going all rap star? but then when caroline and i were over in atlanta i saw this vince mesh sweater and we both agreed that it was a must purchase. i love this look because in the summer it still looks cool even though it is hot outside. plus bonus; it’s on sale!



i have paired it with shorts for a casual look and even worn it into the office with a pencil skirt. this fall i plan on pairing it with a pair of skinny jeans or pair of gray slacks as a great transition piece. now this particular sweater is oversized so you will want to keep it slim on the bottom.

here are a few more options… all on sale