Monday, October 31, 2011

our weekend

Hey folks!
We just had one seriously busy weekend.  Fun, but busy.
Saturday Cyndi and I set up Hello Dearie to sale at "Entertaining with Spirit" at the Presbyterian church.  This is one of the most beautiful churches I've ever been gorgeous.
The whole event was centered around the holidays and ladies set up tablescapes to give ideas on how you could decorate for the holidays.
These were a few of my favorites.
After, Michael and I played music at a wedding on the fly...and by on the fly I mean we found out about it on Friday afternoon.  Her musician called sick and said he couldn't play.
I was a nervous wreck trying to figure out what we were going to play in 24 hours along with everything else going on, but it actually worked out fine :)
I wore my new Click Boutique dress that Michael surprised me with last week!
and Michael wore his Zoolander face and kept us smiling :)

Oh, and Happy Halloween! 
xo, Dawn

Friday, October 28, 2011

Book Review: The Hunger Games

okay...maybe not such a great idea to start this book in the middle of all the chaos that's been happening lately, but I did.  BIG mistake, because once I started it I couldn't put it down!
It's just that good!
Here's a synopses of the book:
"Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place."
            It's has the perfect amount of adventure and 
                                 romance for my taste. 
   I definitely recommend if you're looking for a good, quick read.

                                         xo, Dawn


Thursday, October 27, 2011

the pumpkin patch

I've been noticing all of the cute pumpkin patch photos floating around all of the blogs I read lately.
I've noticed how everyone's wearing a sweater or coat, maybe a scarf, that the weather looks lovely.
Well, here in south Mississippi, you can bet that  the highs will be around 90 degrees on our day to go...or at least that's been our luck the past few years :)  I wish that Anne was wearing some cute fall outfit, but all of those have long sleeves people!  Not a good choice when you're sweating and trying to stay cool.
So, here are OUR pumpkin patch pictures.
Anne's idea of finding the best pumpkin was that it had to be the biggest one in the field.
It was so hot, we didn't even get a family picture.  The heat never has been good for my brain!

I hope your trip was a little cooler!
I have half a mind to try to make the trip again just to get some decent photos...but who has time for that!?
xo, Dawn

life lately.

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It seems like I've been on bit of a roller coaster this past week.  Life has suddenly gotten busier than ever since starting back to work.  We are trying to get adjusted to our new schedule which requires waking up and getting out the door much earlier in the day than we're used to.
On top of the new job (which I really love) there's just been so many other things going on.
Since Canton, Hello Dearie has been getting ready for two other events coming up quickly.  This weekend is Entertaining with Spirit at the Presbyterian church, then the next weekend is the Christmas open house at the Antique Mall, and then there's a few custom orders I'm trying to finish before the end of the month...feeling a little NERVOUS!!!
I'm trying my best to cling to Phillipians 4:6 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."
I know that everything will work out for the best, but it's so hard not to feel overwhelmed at moments like these.
I am thankful though...for so many good things happening right now.  Anne is loving her new school, Gigi is graciously picking her up everyday for us, our plan to move back home is slowly becoming a reality, and not to mention that the Lord continues to show us mercy and grace daily.
 So, all in all, life is really great right now :) Obviously I just needed to vent a little!

P.S. Can you believe it's almost November? I already have lots of fun posts planned for next month that I'm really excited about.

 I hope you are all having a lovely day!
xo, Dawn


Monday, October 24, 2011

guest lecture, project runway

Last week, I was asked to guest lecture for a fashion merchandising class at USM. 
I talked with them about restyling used or old clothing and making them new again.  It was so fun, I wouldn't mind doing this sort of thing more often :-)
After the lecture, I gave them an assignment to go thrifting (or maybe reusing old clothes from their closets) and restyle it.  They will be working in groups of 6 to create an entire outfit.  I'll be going back next week and can't wait to see what they create!

This was so much like project runway, I couldn't help but feel a little like Heidi when giving the assignment.
xo, Dawn

Friday, October 21, 2011

Rocket City Diner

They've just reopened this local favorite and have been slam packed since opening day.  We decided to finally go check it out on a Monday night since the wait wasn't quite as long...only 30 minutes.
Lots of people remember going here as kids, but for some reason I missed out on this jewel as a child.
I think I will make up for it as an adult and live through my own child.  
I absolutely loved the atmosphere and style.  50's music is seriously some of my favorite tunes.  

The food was pretty great too.

Another hour and I think Anne would have mastered the hoola hooping.  She loved it :)

If you're local, I definitely recommend it.  I can imagine a pretty sweet date here where you share a milkshake and eat a burger and fries. :)

Happy Friday, y'all!
xo, Dawn

Thursday, October 20, 2011

weekly wardrobe: fall florals

Introducing... my new favorite coat!
My sweet MIL bought it for my birthday last week, and the weather was perfect yesterday to wear it :)

The detail on back is what sealed the deal.  I love it!

Wondering what's underneath?  Oh, just this little floral beauty.

If you're local, you should definitely check out Click in downtown Hattiesburg!  Seriously some of the sweetest guys you'll meet.  They just opened a second store next door with ridiculous accessories...and by ridiculous I mean good. :)

This was the perfect fall day as far as weather goes...I'm hoping for many more to come.

P.S. My awesome little sister took all of these photos.  I told her she's setting the bar pretty high for outfit pictures and will probably have to do it weekly now :)  I'm so thankful to be surrounded by such talented, creative people.

xoxo, Dawn

outfit details:  coat//anthropology, dress//click boutique, cardigan//old navy, boots//steve madden, tights//Belk, purse//thrifted

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

hello change.

Today I started back to work full time with the company that I've been working with part time the past 6 months.  I'm super excited to be back to work, even though I'm definitely going to miss my days at home with Anne.  She's excited too though.  This girl LOVES school and meeting new people.  

We're also probably going to move back to Laurel soon.  Even though I've loved Hattiesburg, it will be nice to be closer to family and friends and church!
You just never know what's right around the corner.

In other news, have I mentioned how creative and talented my husband is lately?
This was one of his latest projects for a class.

P.S. I'll be back later today with my weekly wardrobe post.  I'm dying over my new coat and the fact that it's cold enough to wear it today!
xo, Dawn

Monday, October 17, 2011


Hello Readers!!!
I didn't mean to take such a long blogging break, but after our trip to Canton last week it took more than a few days to recover!  
We had our annual dinner with our fellow Canton friends.
Our booth where we saw a few familiar faces :)

It was a fun fun day!  
How was your weekend?


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

weekly wardrobe: a birthday dinner

I was a little disappointed that I had to spend my birthday traveling back from LA.  It just made the day not feel special at all.
Needless to say, I was looking forward to getting home to celebrate my three decades of life with family and friends :)
My sweet sisters took me to dinner Sunday night.  We talked and talked about old times...the good and the bad.  It was a sweet time that I will cherish forever!  
Sadly, I only took these two pictures of our night out.

Petra Cafe is sooooo good!  We'll definitely be going back for their Greek goodness.
This is what I wore.

I'm in love with my newest dress from Click Boutique!

I'm loving knee socks this fall.  It really helps create fall looking outfits without roasting in our 85-90 degree weather we're still having!  How are you guys bringing "fall" into your wardrobe without getting too warm?
 outfit details:  dress and necklace:Click boutique//scarf and socks:Missoni for Target//shoes: Madison

I'll be linking up with the Pleated Poppy today!!

xoxo, Dawn

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Keep Love Alive v. 4

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We are wrapping up our Keep love Alive series with a post from my sweet, new blog friend, Elizabeth.  She found my blog randomly and we just met for the first time a couple of months ago.  She has the cutest little boy ever and writes inspirational posts and shares lots of cute things over on her blog.  You should give it a looksy :)

Hello! My name is Elizabeth and sweet Dawn asked me (without knowing me that well at all!) to write a post for her Keep Love Alive series. I am humbled and need to preface this.
1) I have only been married for 4 1/2 years and do NOT have this figured out.
2) If anyone in our family should be writing this post it should be my husband, Andrew. He is much better at loving me than I am at loving him.

With that being said, I'd like to offer you some of what I've learned in these four very short years...

Background: Andrew and I met at a summer Christian camp as counselors during college. I was going into my sophomore year and he was going for his victory lap senior year. We struck up a friendship and it was just that for two years. A friendship. Over time, I started to see what incredible integrity and what a heart for the Lord this guy had and I was very interested in seeing what could come out of this friendship. Finally, the Lord did a work in his heart too, and we started "dating" in the summer of 2005. I use quotation marks because two weeks after our first date, Andrew left for East Asia to do ministry for a year. We "dated" for a year overseas, he came back in July, we were engaged in October, and married in April.

What I've learned:

1. Most importantly, this is Jesus' marriage and not mine. There are so many days (moments, really) where all I want is for Andrew to serve my kingdom agenda. Example: Today I want to get laundry done, take a trip to Target and relax.... he better not get in the way of any of these things or my little world will fall apart. When my big picture is my kingdom, then love is not alive in our house. I am constantly frustrated and disappointed. But, when my big picture is Jesus' kingdom and His agenda... then I hold my plans loosely in my hands. I am able to be on the lookout for Andrew's needs and have an agenda of serving him. Because that's what Jesus wants. He wants our marriage to make us holy and represent his love for the church.

2. We are a team. When we got married, we became one. There is no longer and "me" and a "him," there is only an "us." Love is alive in our house when we do things with this in mind. Taking care of our one year old, keeping a clean house, leading a ministry, doing our taxes... these may be split up into responsibilities, but in the end we are in it together. And if something does not get done it doesn't fall on one persons' head, but both of us. Likewise, if something does get done we rejoice together.

3. Laughing is good. I don't know if it's the best medicine (because I think that's the gospel), but it definitely is some great medicine for keeping love alive. Thankfully we share the same type of humor and we like to laugh together about life, We also like to watch certain shows (Parks and Recreation!!) together and just have fun. There's just something about sharing laughter that makes you enjoy each other.

4. Date nights are important. We've had fewer since our little man has been born, but we would love to have one date night a week. A lot of times that is just getting a Red Box and some popcorn.... but I've found it's really nice to dress up and get out of the house. I'm a stay-at-home mom, so I spend most of my day not looking so cute. I think it's important to dress up and look nice for Andrew every now and then. I think it's important to look nice every day, but let's be honest... that is just not going to happen.

Well, I don't think this will be super helpful for anyone, but I hope what is helpful is that we are still in the midst of learning how to love each other. When we first got married I thought maybe we were the only couple in the universe to have the hard conversations that we did and I thought I was a terrible wife. I learned three sweet things over the year:
1. We are not the only ones with problems
2. Things get sweeter and easier over time
3. The gospel is for our marriage, too. Jesus died to redeem our marriage, and in His death and resurrection there is power to put Andrew's needs before my own.