Thursday, September 29, 2011

Spotlight on: Heather Morris

Confidence comes naturally to some women. Being able to utilize that confidence in a positive way comes easy for Heather Morris. Some of you might not recognize that name. Brittany on Glee, I bet that triggered a few memories.

Naturally, I love Glee and "Brittany" has also been one of my favorite characters. She has the best one-liners in the entire show and her singing debut in season 2 bumped her up my list, move over Mercedes. But I feel like the blonde-bombshell doesn't get near the credit she deserves. After reading articles about Morris in the May edition of Shape magazine and now the October edition of Fitness magazine, I can honestly say she is so down to earth and the type of girl I would want to be friends with.

She's blonde, beautiful and has a killer body that I seriously envy. But let's give her some credit -- she totally earns that body. In the article in Fitness, Morris, 24, talks about her workout regime. The longest Morris has ever gone without working out was one week. ONE WEEK.

The Brittany/Britney episode is one of my favorites.

Aside from how she earned and maintains her killer body, Morris talks about her carreer and love life. She says she would give up her career to marry and have a family with boyfriend, Taylor who plays baseball at The University of Louisiana in Lafayette. She talks about her friendship with Gwyneth Paltrow (I loved her guest appearances on Glee as the substitute teacher, Holly). Her career, started when she was a back-up dancer for Beyonce. She was actually brought in to teach the Glee cast the "Single Ladies" dance and they loved her so much they WROTE the part of Brittany for her. Wowzzz. 

Enough is enough, let's cut to the chase. Heather Morris is awesome. I love her, you should too!

Missing Disney

I will forever think that Disney World is the happiest place ON EARTH. Even when I am like 80 years old and become one of those Disney people that I hate... the ones rolling around in wheelchair/scooter. I always cuss them and say you are too old to be here if you can't walk.

I haven't even been home from Disney a whole 2 weeks and reality sets in that I will probably not go back for another year {unless I get rich... or find a man to take me, I'd settle for either!}

I haven't uploaded my Disney pictures to my computer yet or gotten them from my friend off her camera either but I do have one picture that I got to download free from our photo pass. I shall leave you with this...

This was my friend and her mom {whom I went to Disney with} first time to ride the Tower of Terror. Back row farthest to the right you can see me laughing and pointing at the camera telling her to check out the view AKA look at the entire park {this is the part where the doors open out over Hollywood studios}. Next to me is my friends Mom, Sheila and you can tell she is quite frightened, hiding her face and then the next one is my friend Shannon looks absolutely scared shitless.

After the ride they both agreed that it really wasn't that bad. That in fact, they both had fun and would ride it again. Mission accomplished.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Just Keep Pinning!

Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday with The Vintage Apple

I am going to do a Halloweenie themed pinning sesh today. Simply because I love Halloween and I love love love decorating for ANY holiday. Can't wait to try some of these great ideas this halloween. WHAT WOULD I DO WITHOUT PINTEREST IN MY LIFE?

I want to do this so bad!

Cute for Halloween party decor.

Halloween Treats

I wish our front porch looked like this. I am going to try!

These pumpkins would be SO easy

This one is my fav!

So cool! I love candy corn.

This Halloween paisley is precious

perfect display for some guac. I love me some guac.

Happy Pinning everyone!


True Life: Im addicted to tv

If you are one of my twitter followers you may or may not get annoyed with my constant twitter updates about all my tv shows. I tweet live during them. Especially the reality shows I watch (Big Brother, Bachlor, Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad, etc) but often times during regular non-reality tv as well. My twitter feed is one giant spoiler, sorry west coasters that follow me.

I use to never rarely watch tv when I was still in school. Now I watch like EVERYTHING {especially reality... love reality}

Fall shows are coming back on and this is what I plan on watching...

Desperate Housewives: 6 seasons later I am still watching. Can't get enough of those ladies on Wisteria lane. I am going to cry during the last episode. RIP Desperate. What will I watch on Sunday nights? I am interested in seeing how this final season plays out and I really just want Tom and Lynette to get back together.

Revenge: One of my Brothers and Sisters characters is the star. I watched last weekand it was really good so basically im excited for tonight.
Pan Am: OMG! I can feel an obsession coming on. I love that it's in another decade. I am a sucker for old movies so I expected to love this show.

Playboy Club: I really want to watch this but It's either going to be fab or a flop. I already missed the first ep. Thank god for Hulu!

Gossip Girl: haven't watched the last season so I might want to get caught up on that... already 1 episode behind this season too. dang it.

Glee: Be still my heart. The Gleeks are back!!!! Yay

The Middle: Sorry but Brick is the cutest thing ever. The most perfectly disfunctional family, everrrr.

Suburgatory: Looks like it has potential.

I *think* that is all. I feel like I am missing some. I am evidently not going to be able to keep up with each and every one of these shows. I am already behind on some. I need to make a tv schedule. Does that sound dorky/addicted?

Ok, what is everyone else watching this Fall?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Wants: New Wallet

When it comes to wallets, I am a huuuuge HOBO international fan. Love the Lauren. My trusty Lauren is my favorite wallet, which is why it is almost always the wallet I use.

I need a new wallet {not to say that said new wallet cannot be a HOBO Lauren in a different color} cause I need some form variety in my life.

I need something classic and versatile... and most importantly durable.

I am seriously pining over this Lauren in the Scarlet color.

What do y'all think?  I seriously feel like such a cliche with my Lauren clutch but it's the best darn wallet I have ever had. Seriously, I have used it for several years and consider it money well invested. I am open to other options when it comes to a new wallet. Are there other durable options out there?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fashion Friday: Tory Burch gets it right every time

If I only had 1 pair of shoes to wear for the entire fall/winter I might choose a pair of Tory Burch Reva's because they are the most versatile shoe.... ever.

I am thinking this pair of black patent Reva's are in order for fall/winter for this lady.

If I did not choose a pair of Reva's... I might choose one of these.

Sally Haircalf Wedge

Selma Riding Boots

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Back in action

Im baaaaack!

My vacation has ended and to say the LEAST yesterday was my first day back at work in 5 days and it was a struggle fa sho. I had so much fun in Disney though -- can't wait to share some pictures.

I was sooooo stinking happy to be home though and to see the apple of my eye, Lexie!

Yesterday morning... she was sad when I had to get out of bed and get ready for work. She got a hair cut while I was gone and she is just the cuttttest.

it was great to see my family too.

I signed up to do a blog swap of "my favorite things" and got my package from my swap partner right before I left.... My partner was Nicole! She is from Oklahoma and it has been great conversing back and forth with her and getting to know her. Oh yeah and reading her blog, too!

She sent me some of her favorite things:

Love love loved everything in my package. A new book, a magazine {love my tabloids}, nail polish in one of my favorite shades of pink, a scentsy air freshener for my car {Nicole sells scentsy!} and also some popcorn that did not make the picture for some reason. Thanks Nicole!

You should all go check Nicole's blog, Sizzlin Savages, out! She is so sweet and is having a garage sale this weekend {if I have any followers in the Oklahoma City Area} to fund her dog's heart worm treatment.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Guest Blogger: The Bargain Blonde

Bargain Blonde here filling in for Lindsey while she is away on vacay. 

If there are 3 things Lindsey and I have it common it's this:
1. The same name. Yep ... I'm Lindsey Lee and she's Lindsey Leigh. 
2. We're ridiculously obsessed with Big Brother, and like she tweeted ... depression has set in since the season ended last Wednesday.
3. We love college football, which brings me to this post. 

I found THE cutest, girly collegiate apparel by a designer out of Dallas, my hometown, called Ketch the Spirit. Do you die?  Missoni who?

They are fairly reasonably priced (obvi I wouldn't even show you if they weren't), so I had to share with Lindsey's fab-o readers.  I'm featuring my favorite Ketch the Spirit Alabama apparel in honor of Lindsey Leigh even though I went to Texas Tech and bleed red and black.  This is basically against my sports religion.  The things I do for you! 
$66 [BUY]
$66 *currently out of stock* [BUY]
$32 *currently out of stock* [BUY]
$65 [BUY]
$50 [BUY]
$66 [BUY]
OK, I had to ...  This dress is calling my name!
$40 [BUY]
I have to have that Texas Tech dress.  Like now.  I'm obsessing over all of their stuff.  See if they have your school by clicking here.

Thanks for having me Linds, I hope you are having an amazing time at the Happiest Place on Earth!

Lindsey's notes: I am so thankful to have the other Lindsey aka The Bargain Blonde here guest blogging for me today... in case you did not know she is kind of a big deal having just won CBS Most Valuable Blogger for the DFW area :) I voted almost every day!! Yay for a celebutante right here at Keep It Classy, Alabama

Monday, September 19, 2011

Guest Blogger Amber: Disney World at Christmas!

Hi Everyone, my name is Amber and I am today's guest blogger for Miss Lindsey, while she is away at the happiest place on earth. Lindsey is actually a real life friend and not just on the blogger world. We met our freshman year of college and have become great friends! She asked me to blog about my favorite things at Disney World.

I feel with every ounce in my body that Disney World really is the happiest place on earth and every time I visit I am beyond excited. I am a Disney Vacation Club member, so I have been to DW more times than I can count. We (my family) joined DVC when I was 5 years old and since then I have been going anywhere from 1 – 3 times each year. I love everything about DW and it’s very difficult to pick just a few of my favorite things. I decided my favorite time of the year in Disney is at Christmas, so I am going to blog about my favorite things at Christmas in Disney World.

One of my favorite things to do is walk down Main Street in Magic Kingdom. (During any time of the year, but especially at Christmas) When I walk under the train station, cross over the trolley tracks and make my way to Main St USA, there is nothing better than seeing the beautiful Cinderella Castle in the distance. I believe at Christmas time, the castle looks even more magical. There is nothing quite like Christmas lights, wreaths, ribbons, and garland decorating the street as you gaze at Cinderella Castle lit up with millions of sparkling lights.

If you have never experienced Mickey’s Christmas Party, you are seriously missing out! The park closes at 6pm for everyone except the Christmas party attendees. The night is filled with riding rides (with a shorter wait time), a special parade that even Santa Clause joins in on, dance parties with Mickey’s friends, a firework show, and complimentary hot chocolate and cookies. Which technically you are paying for that “complimentary hot chocolate and cookies” because the ticket costs extra, so I say take full advantage and hit up each place that is offering the hot chocolate and cookies!

Next on my favorite list are the Christmas trees. I love looking at all the Christmas trees in Animal Kingdom. They are decorated so cute and a must see. They are located near the Lion King show and the characters have a meet and greet near their tree.

This is Minnie’s tree. I love the red and white polka dots! I would love to take this tree home with me! There are many many many different trees all through out Disney World from the parks to the hotels, but my favorites were in the Animal Kingdown park. Unfortunately, the best picture I have is the Minnie tree only. I have many pictures, but people standing in the picture cover up most of the decorations.

Hollywood Studios is next on my list. The Osbourne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is a must see! The lights dance every 10 minutes to Christmas music. It’s just magnificent to see! The lights are gorgeous and there is snow falling on the ground all around you.

At Epcot, my favorite thing is the topiary decorations. All the characters don a Santa hat and you can find them all over the park.

Another special thing is that many of the characters change outfits for Christmas. It’s neat to see their winter wardrobe for a change because most of the time they keep their cooler clothes on for that hot Florida weather. This is a picture of me with my friend, Ashlea, and her daughter, Madison, with Mickey Mouse!

Ok, I think I’ll end on the weather. I absolutely love going to Disney World and dressing in jeans and a jacket. I love not sweating in lines, walking around, and in all my pictures. When I was there Florida had an actual cold spell. Many days the temperature never went above 35 degrees and with the wind chill it was in the twenties. For the South, that’s COLD. At nighttime, it was even colder. Many days I wore a long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt, and my North Face fleece and wind jacket, plus a scarf, ear band, and gloves. For me, I loved it. I’d rather bundle up than sweat in shorts and shirts. This was record cold for Florida and I know others who went a week after me did not have to dress this warmly. Towards the end of the week it warmed up some and I was comfortable in just a sweatshirt. You never know what the weather will be like in Florida; so keep that in mind when you pack! And let me just tell you, you haven’t rode Splash Mountain till you ride it in 32-degree weather. ;]

Disney World is special no matter when you go, but for me, my favorite time is Christmas time. The decorations make it even more magical and I highly recommend experiencing it at least once in your lifetime. I went the second week in December and the crowds were great. I’m not sure what it would be like the closer you get to Christmas, but at least in the winter you don’t have to wait in a hot line in the boiling sun! Christmas is my favorite time of the year and when you add a Disney World vacation to it, it’s my all time favorite.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Guest Blogger Michelle: You know you grew up in the 90s when…

Hey ya’ll, I’m Michelle from Southern Ambition and I was lucky enough for Lindsey to ask me to guest post while she’s having tons of fun at Disney World. Linds, when you read this, know how incredibly jealous I am of you!

Lindsey and I are just a year or so apart and for the most part, we are  90s kids. In true 90s kid fashion I grew up being obsessed with Barney, BJ and Baby Bop and the ORIGINAL Mighty Morphing Power Rangers. I also grew up watching Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, Reading Rainbow, the Magic School Bus and Wishbone. I googled a list of popular 90s children’s shows because let’s face it, I can’t possibly remember every television show I watched a kiddie. While reading the list I found myself saying, “Oh man, I used to love that show!” or “I totally forgot about that one.” Do ya’ll remember Are You Afraid of the Dark, Inspector Gadget, Recess, Gullah Gullah Island, Double Dare, All That, Kenan and Kel, and the Flintstones?

Sometimes while flipping through the channels, I like to stop on the Disney channel and Nick and the shows just aren’t the same. Maybe I’m a little biased because I’m staying true to my generation. While I honestly do enjoy The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, it just isn’t as funny as All That or Kenan and Kel. “Who loves orange soda?” “Kel loves orange soda!”

Also, the children’s movies now are different and the things they put in children’s movies are different. The new Puss in Boots movie that came out says a few cuss words, one was even said in the preview. And first of all, who puts the word ‘puss’ in a children’s movie? Not a fan. Some of my favorite movies of the 90s include: Home Alone, Hook, Beethoven, The Mighty Ducks, Dennis the Menace (which I own on DVD), Hocus Pocus, The Little Rascals (I also own this and Sandlot on DVD), and soooo many more. I googled a list of these too and I realized that I was such a little movie-watcher when I was a kid. 

I really miss good, wholesome television shows and movies. I miss television shows for children that viewed kissing as a no-no (remember, we all had cooties) and didn’t cuss. Television and movies now are truly different than the stuff we grew up watching just as the shows our parent’s and grandparent’s watched are different than the shows we watched as kids.

What were some of your favorite television shows and movies as a kid? 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Guest Blogger Sarah: Football Saturday

Hey y'all I'm Sarah from Belle in the City! I'm a 20-something southern belle now living the city life! If you want to learn more about me head on over to my blog

I'm thrilled to be guest posting for Lindsey today while she is away at Disney World (lucky b!), her blog is def one of my favorites!

So since college football season started recently and both Lindsey and I love us some college football..I thought I would share with y'all my list of tailgating essentials!

The perfect tailgating outfit is essential and my main go to store for gameday fashion is Vestique they have plenty of dresses and fun tops to choose from!


Buffalo Chicken Dip

Yield: About 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutesBake Time: 30 to 40 minutes

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, boiled and shredded (or 4 12.5-oz cans of chicken breast, shredded)

12 oz. bottle of hot sauce

Two 8 oz. packages of cream cheese

16 oz. bottle of Ranch dressing

2 cups (8 oz.) shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese (or a combination of both)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Combine the chicken with the bottle of hot sauce and spread in a 9×13-inch baking dish (or any 3-quart baking dish).
3. In a saucepan, combine the cream cheese and the ranch dressing over low heat until the cream cheese is completely melted and smooth. Pour the mixture evenly over the chicken. Then sprinkle the cheese on top.

4. Bake uncovered for 30 to 40 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with celery sticks (and/or other vegetables), tortilla chips or crackers.
this dip recipe is one of my all time favorites and a huge hit at tailgate parties! Some of my other favorite dishes for tailgating are pizza puffs and chicken taco chili

we have to entertain ourselves before the big game..cornhole and latter golf are the most popular at our tailgates along with washers and of course the all time favorite of tossing the football around.

So no matter what team you pull for or if they win or loose at least you'll always have a good tailgate party!


Friday, September 16, 2011

Guest Blogger Jessica: Disney Land Fun!

Hi there! I’m Jessica from Pearls & Pink Polka Dots. I’m the guest blogger of the day while Lindsey is in Walt Disney World which BTW I’m jealous that she’s there. For those of you who don’t know me, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area out in California. I’ve never been to Walt Disney World but I have been to Disneyland more times than I can keep track of! Today I’m going to share with you some of my favorite things about Disneyland as well as some tips if you ever make out here.

1. E-ticket Rides

First off, if you don’t know what an “E” ticket ride, before 1982 you used coupon books with different levels (A, B, C, D, E) to ride the attractions and the E ticket was used for the newest, most advanced, and/or most popular rides and attractions at the park.

My favorite two E-ticket rides: Indiana Jones and Matterhorn. These are two rides unique to DL. I actually had never thought about them only being in DL until I had mentioned the Matterhorn to Lindsey and she didn’t know what it was. The Matterhorn is one of my favorites. It was the first steel roller coaster ever! Some people think it is too bumpy but I like it. You can see the mountain from outside the park. The premise of the ride is that you are riding bobsleds through the Matterhorn Mountain and you meet the Abominable Snowman. Indiana Jones is another great ride and one not to be missed. You join Dr. Indiana Jones through a lost temple on a quest for the Jewel of Power. This ride is also bumpy so be prepared to be whipped around a lot in your seat.

Matterhorn tip: There are two sides to the ride, the Fantasyland side and the Tomorrowland side. The Tomorrowland side is supposed to be faster while the Fantasyland side is smoother. One of my favorite times to ride this is at night because you can see the park all lit up from a unique view.

Indiana Jones tip: If you plan on riding this ride more than once (which you totally should) take time to wait in line and enjoy the queue. There is a lot of detail that I feel sometimes gets overlooked. But if you are pressed for time and you don’t mind riding by yourself use the single rider option.

2. Food
Where to begin? Churros, popcorn, clam chowder, pasta, ice cream, burgers- there is so much to choose from! One of the best things about Disneyland is the food. Instead of writing about it I thought I would share pictures of some of my favorite things to eat at the park.

Mickey Shaped Food

Favorite Meals

Sweet Snacks

Is your mouth watering yet?

Disneyland Food Tip: Lines are long during “peak” dining times so try to eat a little bit later or earlier. Also if you have a large group, send a couple of people to find a table while others stand in line to get the food. There is nothing worse than carrying around a heavy tray of food looking for a table. Another tip: if you don’t want to gain 20 pounds while you are on vacation opt for kid’s portions or share an entrĂ©e with a friend. At some restaurant’s you can get a kid’s portion with the same food as an adult portion just not as much.

3. Fantasmic

I know there is a Fantasmic at WDW but I have heard that the DL version is much better than the WDW version. While I have never seen the WDW one, Fantasmic is the perfect way to end a day at the park. I am such a DL nerd that I have the music for Fantasmic on itunes. Besides the princess part in the middle featuring my girl, Belle, the best part of the show is the finale. After Mickey defeats the evil Malificient, all the characters ride aboard the Mark Twain Steamboat.

Fantasmic Tip: If there are two shows the night you are visiting, wait around New Orleans Square for the first show to end and as these people are leaving grab their seats. It will save you a lot of time since a lot of people “camp” out for seats for this show. Also if you sit close enough you will get sprayed with water from the mist screens so be prepared if you see the show on a chilly night.

4. Peter Pan

Ever since I can remember Peter Pan’s Flight has been my favorite “kiddie” ride at Disneyland. I love getting in the pirate ships and “flying” through the ride. I love love love when you fly over London and it is all twinkly. The only thing I don’t like is that the ride is too short.

Peter Pan Tip: This is one of the most popular rides in the park so the line is always long and it takes a long time. If you have a Magic Morning with the ticket you purchase (usually any ticket that is a 3 or more day park hopper), first use the Magic Morning and then go on Peter Pan during Magic Morning. If you don’t have Magic Morning, wait until right after the fireworks because they will close that part of Fantasyland down for the fireworks.

5. Aladdin

I haven’t talked much about the other park, Disney California Adventure, mainly because it is going through a massive renovation right now. Many of the attractions that are in DCA can be found at WDW. One of the gems of the park is the Aladdin musical show. I saw it last November for the second time and I forgot how funny and high quality it was. They sing the majority of the songs in the movie during the 45 minute show. Hands down the best part of the show was the Genie. He was hilarious! He does a bit of improv in the show and made jokes about the Kardashians among other things.

Aladdin Tip: Get there early to ensure a good seat. There are three levels in the theater and seating is in a first come first serve basis.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my favorite things at Disneyland! The list could really go on and on. Disneyland is one of my favorite places in the world and if you need any tips, stop by my blog and ask away. Lindsey, I hope you having a magical time at Walt Disney World! Can’t wait to hear about it! 

xoxo, Jessica

Notes from Lindsey: Hey Readers, by now I am in the air on the way to Orlando and by this afternoon I will be in the Magic Kingdom. I have never been to Disneyland but I so want to go... so badly! I hope when I go I can meet up with one of my great blog friends Jessica {so thankful for her to be guest blogging here today!}. Real quick, I wanted to point a few things out... I think the Matterhorn is similar to Disney World's Animal Kingdom's Expedition Everest. WDW does not have an Indiana Jones ride, just a show which I have seen SO MANY times. I think a ride would be cool! I also love the Peter Pan ride at WDW and from the pictures and Jessica's description it sounds just like the one at WDW. I could talk forever but I will save everything for my post when I get back. I hope you are so far enjoying the guest bloggers. Come back tomorrow for another goody!