Memorial Day Must Haves

Yes to a long weekend!! May is the new December and by the time Memorial Day gets here I’m just glad to have survived the month. Packing up the Beach Bag is now my focus. I have a few must haves but because I know my limits I reached out to some of my peeps to get their thoughts as well. This first idea is pure genius; the Ear Bud Taco.  I know, you are thinking “say what?” Hold on. So many times my ear buds have become tangled and these are the perfect solution. You simply fold up your ear buds cord and place them in the “taco”. Voila; no more tangles. Find them here. A little hint. Choose a bright color to make it easier to find. Another must have […]

M.I.A.

I know I have been Missing In Action. Unfortunately the practice of law can be a jealous mistress and has been demanding lots of my attention. But I promise I’m getting back at it. But before I let you know about some of the hottest fashion trends I need to let you know about an amazing woman and her documentary on another amazing woman. Stand Up, Speak Out was shown at Sidewalk Film Festival to great reviews. See my friend Jenna Bedsole has made a film about Nina Miglionico. One of the first female attorneys in Alabama, she was also  the longest-practicing female lawyer. I’ll tell you a little bit more about Ms. Nina but let me first tell you a little about my friend Jenna. We met twenty-three years ago after the […]

Winter Reading List

There is nothing better than cuddling up on a cold winter day with a good book. Of course here in Alabama we vacillate between 20 degrees and 70 degrees but it doesn’t change the fact that I love to read. I have a few books on my nightstand that I’ve either finished, started or waiting to start. The Whistler by John Grisham Last weekend when I was lying in bed recovering from a fall on the ice (20 degree weather) I just wanted something easy to ready. John Grisham delivered. As a litigator, I’m in front of judges every day and expect that I will be given the courtesy of the court listening to my arguments based on the law. But what happens if that judge doesn’t listen to those arguments  but […]

Better than sliced bread

This product is just amazing! I’m serious, put down your coffee and listen. After a week of below freezing temperatures and a fall on the ice I just needed a pick me up. Something that would put a smile on my face. Well I found it… The Pajama Warmer! Say what?! This invention is one of those that you go why didn’t I think of that? Or you are thinking I totally made this up. Ok so here is the deal, invented about eight years ago, the Pajama Warmer is essentially a two pocket fleece blanket that you slide your pajamas (or blanket, socks, towels etc) in and after about ten minutes they become nice and toasty. You know that feeling when you pull your clothes right out of the dryer and […]

Girl, On Fire

What will you make of 2017?  Will it be a banner year?  Will it suck?  Today is the day to set your intentions.  Really, what are you going do?  What could you do if you weren’t afraid of failing?  What could you do if you really believed in yourself?  What could you do if you refused to give your energy to worry?  What could you do if you had a plan and you put it into action, day after day, little by little??? Every year at this time, when I think of my goals for the coming year and what I intend to accomplish, I like to have an anthem to inspire me.  And, let me tell you something, in 2017 . . . This girl is on fire! Get it, girl!  Happy […]

Freedom! ’90

There are but a few emblems in a person’s life that so capture a moment, such that, when we smell the smell, or hear the tune, or see the image, we are, in an instant, transported back in time.  And, in that instant, all the feelings that we held back then begin to bubble up and we feel them again, just as we felt them in the moment recalled.  So, for me, is George Michael’s Freedom! ’90. And, even more so, the accompanying video with Super Models Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, and Tatiana Patitz.  That video was everything to me when it was released in 1990. We were entering a new decade, shaking off the hangover of the excess and indulgence of the ’80s Dynasty/Falcon Crest glam, hitting full out Super Model stride, and […]

Wrap It Up . . .

Girl, I am going to be honest.  I get a little cray when it comes to holiday gift wrap.  Is that weird? And, One King’s Lane’s gift wrap collection sent me into the stratosphere.   And, then I found this fab stationery company, Dixie Design Collective,  which purveys hand-designed works by a host of artists – and their collection of holiday cards and gift tags is amazing. And, here’s some more good news – it’s not too late to order!  Both the wrap and the cards and tags can be here by next week! Below, some ideas to get you started.  Ho, ho, ho! xo, cg Paper | Ribbon | Tag Paper | Ribbon | Tag Paper | Ribbon | Tag   Paper | Ribbon | Tag

It’s back…Gift Guides

I know I’m starting early but I’ve just gotten too many requests to go ahead and start listing some of my favorite gifts. Let’s start with the Teenage Girl. I selfishly do this for myself since I have a teenager in the house. Here are a few things that are on her list. Magic Bullet NutriBullet. My daughter loves to make smoothies and this has been on the list for a long time. The NutriBullet easily pulverizes anything that she wants to throw in and it is easy enough for her to use on her own. Blankie Tails Mermaid Tail Blanket. Stay with me. This is the cutest idea. It is a blanket that is shaped like a mermaid tail, you literally slip your bottom half into the blanket. How genius! Monogrammed Cell […]

Fall Reading List

With the promise of a cool weekend (does it seem like that I’ve been saying that forever) I thought I would make some suggestions for Fall reading. The Widow by Fiona Barton Her husband has been a suspect in a major crime and Jean has been covering up for him…that is till last week when he dies. Now Jean has a story to tell. The question is what story will she tell. A page turner for sure. Good as Gone by Amy Gentry I’m loving the suspense novels and this one does’t disappoint. Julie, age 13, was kidnapped eight years ago and her mother Anna has understandably been racked with guilt. Then Julie shows up but is it really Julie. As Anna tries to reconnect holes develop in Julie’s story. If it […]

A little history lesson

Do you know who Linly Heflin is? Let me tell you a little bit about her as she had an incredible impact on my home state. She was born January 6th, 1887 to Mr. And Mrs. John Franklin Graham. When she was 23 years old, she married Harrington Phillips Heflin. He  attended Vanderbilt for college and law school.  (a good man!) The couple moved to Birmingham where Linly became an impact on her town at such a young age. When World War 1 started in 1917, she felt compelled to help.  She organized a group of women to help roll bandages. However, just a few short months later, in January 1918, she came down with the flu and died. Shortly thereafter her friends got together to start a philanthropic organization for their […]