My favorite hello, and my hardest goodbye

It has taken me nearly two weeks to sit down and write this post. I just haven’t been able to bring myself around to doing it. However, I owe it to Margot to make sure everyone knows just how fantastic she was. I am sitting here on a Sunday with Golden Girls playing in the background thinking about how many Sundays I spent sitting on this sofa with Margot watching Golden Girls.

Margot, the night she came to live with me

I picked Margot up on December 5th, 2014. I didn’t have dog food, I didn’t have a dog leash, and I was scared shitless that I was making a mistake. You see, a couple days earlier, when I was lonely and killing some time at work I was perusing Adopt-a-pet and I saw this little dachshund who looked like she had had a rough time. She was listed as non-adoptable, for rescue only due to some aggression she had exhibited at the shelter. I messaged Fulton County Animal Shelter and inquired about the little dog they were referring to as “Juicy.” FCAS then called Dream Dachshund Rescue and told them they had a foster home for “Juicy” if DREAM would be willing to pull her from the shelter. Things traveled fast and I found myself in the lobby of a vet’s office shocked 1) that someone trusted me enough to care for a dog 2) that I had agreed to take in a stranger dog. My gut told me what I was doing was right, but I mentally was worried. About 10 minutes after I had been waiting in the lobby, in strutted Vikki from DREAM (who is pretty much the patron saint of homeless dachshunds in GA). In strutted “Juicy” and I will never every forget Vikki asking me to please select “A more appropriate name for the dog,” I suggested Margot, and it seemed to fit. Margot didn’t pay any attention to me at first because she was too busy dancing for treats for Vikki. She got some shots, got looked over, and then we made our way home. She seemed thrilled that I had brought a bed for her to sit in in the car. We then drove to my parent’s house so I could pickup a dog crate, and some dog food. By the time I picked Margot up it was too late for me to go to the pet store. Once I got Margot home, I gave her a bath. She looked up at me in the bath tub with her big brown eyes and she seemed to be saying “Thank you for being nice to me.” My heart absolutely melted, along with the chances that Margot was actually a “foster” dog and that I could give her up. Poor girl had some digestion issues the first night, and we spent the majority of the night awake, I finally decided it would be best for us to go downstairs and Margot curled up on my lap on the sofa. The very next day, I took Margot to the local pet store desperate for some food that would calm her tummy. They recommended a super sensitive food, fitted her for a harness, and then gave me instructions to feed her 1 tbs of food every hour. Each feeding, Margot began to emerge from her shell more and more. When she really started feeling better she would sprint to the kitchen waiting to be fed.

For the next 2.5 years (and quite frankly if you ask me it feels about 20 years too short) Margot was my best friend. We did everything together. I mean everything. I would get food from the drive-thru so she could ride in the car, I would go to a pharmacy that was a bit out of the way so I could take her in the car. Almost every weekend Margot got to go to her beloved “Moo-Moo’s” house where she liked to hang out with my parent’s dogs and lay on their carpet. Although our time was short Margot got to go to DREAM’s annual Howl-o-weenie where her Madonna costume landed her as a finalist in their costume contest, she got to go to Chattanooga to visit my grandfathers, she got to go to downtown Roswell to eat, she frequently got to go to Avalon to shop and spend time with me and my BF while we ate, she got to go shopping for Lilly Pulitzer at the Belk at Phipps, to see Santa, dachshund meetups, she was the unofficial greeter in the Oakland Cemetery Visitor’s Center for a while until she was busted by a City of ATL employee and her unofficial position was terminated. I mean FFS when my “sack of potatoes” didn’t seem to have as much spring in her step I even bought her a dog stroller and pushed her around (which she freaking loved). I am so so happy I was able to do SO SO much with Margot, but I literally have found myself a bit lost because my life literally revolved around Margot.  She was kind and patient. All of the neighborhood kids LOVED her. They would come over and sit in my driveway and she would climb on their laps and love on them. Her nickname (well one of many) was “Momma boogers” because even though her motherhood days were behind her, she never ever stopped being nurturing. She used to “correct” the cats when they would play too rowdy and would literally go run between two cats playing rough, and she even saved Coco the cat’s life when he had a urinary blockage by literally running me to where he was sick and hiding. She hated if characters on TV were upset, and she hated if I was upset. It sounds ridiculous, but when I talked she really listened. And when she thought I was being goofy and she disapproved/was embarrassed she let me know with her side eye. She was the queen of the side eye, and my BF called it her “Can you fucking not?” face”

She allowed me to open up my home to four other DREAM foster dogs. She really seemed to enjoy having a canine companion. Major, Anton. Charo, and Arrow all got to share a home, and be friends with Margot. I know there is probably some asshole out there reading this who is rolling their eyes and saying “It was just a dog” but to see she was SO much more. She was my best friend, and I even joked she was my dog soulmate.
Anyways, so I am sure some of y’all are asking yourselves what happened. Margot (contrary to her own personal opinion of herself) was no spring chicken. I have no idea how old she actually was. On a high end she could have been 14-15, on a low end she could have been 9-10. Sadly the years of being bred took their toll on her little body. She had digestive issues since the day I brought her home, and I was relieved when she was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis, because I thought we finally had an answer. In the last 10 days of Margot life her digestive issues got bad, so I took her to the vet. She seemed to make a full recovery we were baffled because on that day her pancreatic enzymes were normal so we figured she had just eaten something she should not have (homegirl ate like a dumpster), and then boom Wednesday, June 7th Margot’s tummy troubles returned. We put her on a bland diet and she seemed to be getting better. Friday June 9th I took her to the vet again and because she was being a ham we didn’t really think something was gravely wrong with her. She got some anti-nausea medication, some antibiotics and seemed to be on the road to recovery. Friday night, my BF and I went to dinner, and when we got home Margot was confused and struggling to stand. We took her to the emergency vet, where once again they didn’t think she was gravely ill. They gave her some fluids, some meds, were confident it was pancreatitis and sent her home. Saturday Margot wasn’t herself and just slept all day. We figured it was from the narcotic that the vet gave her. I couldn’t get her to drink water on Saturday partially because the narcotic had her so woozy. I panicked a little bit, and told my BF I thought Margot was dying. We rushed her again to the same emergency vet (if you live in North ATL message me and I will be more than happy to give you the name of this vet so you know where NOT to take your dog) and once again those fuckers lead us to believe nothing was seriously wrong with Margot. I agreed to pay them to keep her overnight, and the bastards even lead me to believe she was getting better the next day. Sunday, June 11th I was so excited to go pick Margot up from the emergency vet because it was my birthday, and getting Margot back healthy was going to be the best gift for me. When I picked Margot up from the emergency vet she didn’t acknowledge me AT ALL. I was devastated, and knew her condition had not improved. We laid Margot down in her bed upon arriving home, and we watched The Secret Life of Pets with her. I then carried her bed to my bed, and she spent (unknown to us) her final night in my bed. The next Morning we got up at the crack of dawn and arrived at OUR vet when they opened. They rushed us into a room, did additional testing, and found a mass in Margot’s intestines. Her bloodwork had indicated that she had an infection, but that even though her body was full of antibiotics that her little body was not fighting her infection, but the mass also appeared to be cancerous. My vet gave me the option of either doing exploratory surgery that he was NOT confident would be successful. She had a grade III heart murmur so putting her under anesthesia without her being 100% meant she probably would not have come out of anesthesia. I had looked all weekend for ANY sign that she was fighting, and there were none. I asked what her quality of life would be like if I did the surgery and my vet was brutally honest with me, and told me deep down he had regretted even giving me the option to do surgery because if it was his personal dog he would humanely euthanize her. Margot had the glassed over stare into nothing, and was struggling to breath. I made the hardest decision I have EVER made and I knew it was time to let her go, and end her suffering. Had my heart told me she would have recovered, I would have paid for the surgery. I just knew she didn’t have it in her, and that it was selfish to try to ask her to get better for me instead of ending her pain. I never understood how someone could get to where they had to euthanize their beloved pet until this happened. The thing I wanted most was for her to not suffer anymore. She passed away peacefully surrounded by me, my BF, our vet that she seemed to fancy, and her beloved Moo-moo. I have had a roller coaster of emotions, I am incredibly angry that the emergency vet was so damn shitty at her job, and failed to notice Margot was gravely ill. I am thankful to have had Margot in my life, and I am so sad and lost without her. Bless his heart, my foster dog Arrow is incredibly old and was horribly neglected/abused so he doesn’t fully feel comfortable around people. He is happiest being left alone so I am so sad to have lost my little buddy.

I am waiting with baited breath for DREAM to call me with another dog in need. I am not looking to replace Margot, let me make it perfectly clear, there is NO replacing Margot. However, I am blessed to have the means necessary to care for a doggo in need, and I very much enjoy their company. Plus I know Margot would want me to help another dog. I will leave you with this.

Wally World Bargains

Hey friends! I just HAD To share these bargains I picked up last week at WALMART. I was shocked when I walked by the clothing department because they had so many spring trends for SO cheap. Seriously y’all EVERYTHING in this post is under $15!!!!

**Disclaimer, I took these try on pics after work, so forgive me but I look like hades. Especially because I must confess I like to go to Walmart later at night than most people. I believe these photos were taken well after 9 pm.

I think this white top is going to be super versatile, I think it will look cute with some of my Lilly Pulitzer pants. I love that the fabric is a nice, crisp cotton that will be cool when it warms up here in GA. 

I have been looking for an off the shoulder Chambray top, but either didn’t like what I found, the fit of what I found or the price. This top is exactly what I was looking for AND cheap!

Again Please forgive that I was too lazy to take both my shoes and pants off to take the above photo. Again, mush like the chambray top I have been looking for a chambray dress to throw on on date nights, or on the weekends. For less than $15 I absolutely had to have this. I cannot wait to pair it with some of the fun earrings I featured in my last post.

Lastly, I picked up this Mexican inspired peasant top. I always see Faison Anne looking adorable in her Mexican peasant tops, so I was thrilled when I found this for less than $15 at walmart. If you don’t own any Mexican puebla items, the detailing on them is phenomenal. I was lucky enough to buy an orange dress last fall and I was blown away. The walmart top does not have near the amount of detailing, but I thought it would look cute with white jeans.

 

What bargains have you found lately?

 

GB

Saturday Day date + Shopping

Hey friends! I thought I would share a simple, fun look I wore the other day. I bought the J. Crew stripped of the shoulder dress because it seemed to look good on everyone when I saw the photos online (and because it was on sale). It is a piece that I think will transition really well from spring to summer. It is a nice weight cotton dress and did not seem to get wrinkly when I wore it. I paired it with my Tory Burch Millers (a bit out of necessity because earlier in the day I dropped a Pyrex on my foot) and the Sugarfix by Baublebar earrings I featured in my last post.

I wore this outfit to both shop, and for our early dinner date at The El Felix. Trust me if you are ever in my hood I cannot recommend El Felix enough. They welcome the doggo and the waiters are always so kind and make sure Margot has water.


I snagged this selfie when I saw out at J Crew. I jokingly added Margot to the Polyvore below, because Avalon here in GA is completely dog friendly, so her bad self can 1) go on dates with me (because I am totes the crazy woman who brings her doggo in a stroller on a date don’t worry he is fine with it) 2) Can take Margot into J. Crew 3) CAN GET A FREAKING MARGARITA TO GO (can I get an AMEN)

Saturday date + shopping

 

*And I am sure someone out there is wondering why I did not bring Arrow along, poor Arrow was neglected by his former “owner” not really sure of the circumstances since he was found as a stray. He wasn’t properly socialized, so taking him with me where there would be lots of people causes him unnecessary anxiety. He is more than happy to stay at home in one of his MANY soft beds.

GB

Party Earrings

I am a bit late to the game, but as of late I am OBSESSED with super fun earrings. I have been a longtime fan of the Kendra Scott Danielle earring, but recently when I was shopping at TJ Maxx, I discovered these super fun yellow tassel earrings for $16 I have long been a brand of seed bead tassel earrings, but not enough of a fan to splurge on the $100 earrings I see on some other blogs. I also found these earrings, a bit larger, in my beloved Tennessee orange for the same price at TJ Maxx

About 2ish weeks ago I ventured into target and for these two Sugarfix for Baublebar pairs for $12.99 (except they were BOGO 50% off so they were more like $19 for both pairs). I included the links below, I think the pink pair MIGHT be sold out, but check Etsy and eBay if you don’t want to pay Baublebar’s full price for the larger earrings.

HERE are the pink bauble earrings.

White and black tassel earrings here.

Statement earrings have become date night staples, and I like having fun with them 🙂

GB

 

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The time I tricked my sister with some Feezys

First of all, long time no see. I am really a terrible blogger at this point.

Anyways, since this is kind of a funny story I thought I would share it. For those of you who don’t already know I have a 16 year old sister. My sister is what I would call a “cool kid” and is really into both fashion and beauty. About a month ago I was at my parent’s house and my sister was lamenting that all the kids at her school had Yeezys and Gucci sneakers. She did not realize just how funny she was being, completely and utterly unintentionally. Yeezy’s (for those of you who don’t know) are the shoe line Kanye does for Adidas. They are mucho dinero (we are talking several hundred dollars). I wouldn’t be shocked if kids at her school have them, BUT I just can’t see ALL the kids running around in them.

The Yeezy

 

Anyways, I put “yeezy” into amazon and about 100 options popped up many of which I call “feezys” because they are “fake yeezys” (har har). What kind of big sister would I be if I didn’t seize this prime opportunity to punk my sister. For a mere $17 I became the proud owner of some Feezy’s from Amazon

Feezy’s

Proud of my new kicks, I walked into my sister’s house with my $17 shoes on, and my sister immediately yelled “REALLY? I HATE YOU.” She did an inspection of my shoe, noticed they did not in fact say “Yeezy” on them and then got cross with me for tricking her.

 

The irony of the whole thing is those $17 Feezy’s are really comfortable. I sometime’s wear them to work, and usually they are my weekend dog walking/errand running kicks. Plus at first glance all the youths think I am cool.

 

GB

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2016 Summer in Lilly

It is no secret I love Lilly Pulitzer. They have had some wonderful items this summer, and I thought I would share some of my favorite. Some of these items are ON SALE at Lilly Pulitzer corporate stores. Don’t have a Lilly store near you? Don’t worry you can CALL THEM and they ship for FREE.

Lilly Pulitzer Beach Shorts Kini in the Keys

I got these shorts for my birthday and I love, love, love, love them. Full Disclosure, I am no skinny minnie. Usually Lilly Pulitzer shorts and I do not get along. However, I was absolutely thrilled with the fit of these shorts. I also like that they have a 4″ inseam. They are long enough that everything is covered, but not too long.

Luxletic skort, lover’s coral

I was hesitant to try the Lilly Pulitzer luxletic skorts, because I feared that they would be too short or that they would emphasize some of my problem areas. However, I am was so thrilled when I tried them on. Some of my friends have raved about them so I thought I would try as well. Not only was I pleasantly surprised, my momma insisted upon getting me one for my birthday. I love that they keep me cool and wick away moisture. Lord have mercy we need it here in GA this summer! Temps are supposed to be in the 100s next weekend! I have both the lover’s coral (pictured above) and Into the Deep skorts.

Lilly Pulitzer Essie dress, Barefoot Princess

I have long loved the Lilly Pulitzer Essie top, so I was excited when they came out with a new dress version. This dress 100% has lived up to its expectations I bought it in both the barefoot princess print (pictured above) and Fan Sea. These dresses are cool, and can be dressed up or down.

                           Lilly Pulitzer Kelly Pants

The Kelly Pants were one of my biggest surprises this summer. I am bottom heavy and did not think these pants would work for me. I was pleasantly surprised. These are ON SALE in the coconut jungle print pictured above. Call a corporate store to find your size and to purchase!

Lilly Pulitzer Georgia May Palazzo Pants, Southern Charm

I do not know of a better way to describe the Georgia May Palazzo pants, other than “work appropriate yoga pants.” They are a knit pant that I very much enjoy wearing in my very casual office. They are stretchy and are perfect for those days where you might not feel like wearing actual pants. I can’t wear dresses to work so I am happy to stay comfortable in these. I usually wear a long tunic with them. The print pictured above, Southern Charm, is half off at Lilly Pulitzer corporate stores.

 

Has anything from Lilly caught your eye this summer?

 

GB

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

I love Nordstrom. I don’t know that I can stress that enough. Nordstrom is HANDS DOWN my favorite department store. And they are having a great sale right now. In fact I have gone a little crazy buying things because the sale is THAT GOOD. I am also stalking the website because items are refreshing constantly so there are some great things still popping back up. I really am not being paid or anything and really did purchase these items myself (although Nordstrom I would love to blog for you haha hit me up). Here are some of the things I have bought thus far (use ebates for 3% cast back):

The first item I snagged in the sale are the famed Kate Spade Glitter Stud Earrings. I think these will be SO fun around the holidays, and since I got the multicolor glitter (sold out for now but keep checking) they are pretty much a neutral. Right now only the aqua, pink, and silver are available. Silver is a great neutral.

Another item I snapped up in a flash was the Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace in emerald. I love me some Emerald green year-round so I think I will get a lot of wear out of this. Currently the only color left is amethyst but y’all keep checking. I ordered the emerald because BOOM it popped back up one day!

For those of you who don’t know, about a year ago I switched jobs and now have a much more casual office environment. I wear a lot of jeans to work and I try to wear blouses and tunics. I didn’t even know the above tunic existed until I discovered a blog called Pinterest Told Me to (seriously one of my new favorites) This Pleione Mixed Media tunic has a woven front with knit sleeves and arms. I actually saw these in person yesterday at Nordtrom  and they are like BUTTER. I think that these are going to be my new go-to tunic. Currently I am a Lilly Pulitzer elsa addict but they aren’t so practical when it is hot as hades outside. I also can see these transitioning well from the office in the event I ever go out or have a date. AND THESE ARE MADE IN THE USA!

Another item I have bulk purchased is the Nordstrom Two-Way Seamless tank! These aren’t really supposed to be shape wear but I think they will smooth and support a little bit. I really like the material and I like the variety of colors that they come in!

This might be a little bit TMI but I love me some Hanky Panky Panties. I call them Magic Panties and actually have gifted them to several of my friends who have raved about them. They solve the VPL problem as well as being super comfortable. These do NOT dig into you and are perfect for travel or even if you have to sit down a lot at work. I hate panties that dig in! These are also proudly made in the USA. I always appreciate how many items Nordstrom carries that are made in the USA.

My beloved “Norts” aka the Nike Tempo Shorts are also included in the sale. I ordered one pair.

For Pure Barre I LOVE Zella leggings (NOT Z BY ZELLA FROM NORDSTROM RACK THEY AREN’T THE SAME FYI). They provide support, stretch, and they don’t roll down during class. Heads up though they are REALLY long. I pull them over my heels when I wear them to barre class. I also don’t wear these as non-workout attire.

 

GB

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Nooga Strong 

  
Chattanooga, Tennessee has never technically been my home. However, it has always felt like home to me. Both of my parents grew up in Chattanooga, it is home to my grandparents, 2 aunts, and an uncle. Some of my fondest memories are of being with my family in Chattanooga. It has taken me a few days to even contemplate writing this post because I am so heartbroken by the events that occurred on Thursday. My heart breaks for the families who lost their sons, brother, husbands, and fathers. My mind cannot contemplate the hate that would lead someone to commit such a despicable act. I am saddened that a smaller town that exemplifies southern values, and hospitality had had its innocence shattered. And I am disturbed this is hitting so close to home. The shooter, was my aunt’s neighbor. I mean how sad is it that we can no longer trust our own neighbors?! Please join me in praying for the friends and families of those brave men who lost their lives, please pray the wounded Chattanooga police officer makes a full recovery, and please join me in praying for the people of Chattanooga. 
GB 

Charles River outfitters Review and Giveaway

  

The folks over at Charles River outfitters graciously sent me this new Englander Rain Jacket to review. The color I am wearing is mint. It is super waterproof unlike other rain jackets I have previously purchased. It is much more of a rubbery type material than a fabric but it is still comfortable. The one thing I want to mention is this is best to be worn when it is raining. It might be a little warm when it is “swampy” here in the south. That being said it is perfect for the rainy spring days here in GA! 

 
I love the color of this jacket! It looks like a very famous shade of blue ;). Charles River has also graciously offered to giveaway one of these jackets to my readers! Just go here  and let me know your favorite color and leave me a comment! 
Thanks! 

GB

Holy Grail hair product

Hey friends! If you have been following me on twitter you might have seen me ask a little while back about recommendations for hair that has become oily. Due to some hormonal changes that I will spare you from my hair has become SUPER oily. I was washing my hair daily and it was getting greasy looking before I could even wash it again. Trust me I literally tried everything, and no-poo just isn’t for me. I don’t have time to let my hair adjust to not being washed, also it just didn’t sound super appealing if I am being completely honest. I tried a product from living proof and it did not help me at all, I was thankful for sephora’s awesome return policy. However, due to the recommendation of my hair stylist I have found a WONDER product. Bumble and Bumble All-Style Blow dry is a product I absolute MUST HAVE. This stuff contains some sort of “micro powder” so it absorbs oil. You apply it to your hair (roots included) and then blow dry and style. It is a GAME CHANGER. I have seriously been washing my hair once every 3 days! If you are in the same boat it is worth every penny.