Friday, May 16, 2014

Addiction

Trying to post from my phone. This is trail and since I can only wish I was I computer nerd we will see how it goes. 
The picture (forgive me it's a screen shot) is of a tote I am white knuckling right now. I admit I need a serious twelve step program when it comes to handbags, totes, bags, maybe all accessories.  Since I was a little girl I've been a bag lady. Heck even my barbie's had a million accessories. 
The picture is of a Cinco Powell tote and I am trying to deny myself but I have already sorted out the details in my head. Cream bag with kelly green embroidered monogram (tCl) with a kelly green tassel.  As soon as it arrives I would quickly scotch guard it and immediately throw my wallet, epi pen, gloss, sunnies and phone in.
Roll your eyes, I do at myself almost daily. Handbags have always symbolized a lady like quality to me. A dear sweet friend of my mother's (who I adored) always had beautiful bags that always seem to make her outfit completely polished and perfect (at least in my mind).
I know it's silly, but in some weird way I can match an event with a handbag- 13th birthday, surprise party and I clearly can remember the handbag I wanted that year (from Express). Christmas of my junior year in high school asking for my first Louis Vuitton.  First boyfriend in high school buying me a gorgeous bag (that I still have), college boyfriend and dooney & Burke (it was the early, early 90's). College graduation and my bff surprising me with a Coach briefcase. Not that it tags a special event for my obsession to whirl out of control. I can't explain it, the smell of leather, the feel of a Louis Vuitton, the adorable colors and whimsy of Kate Spade, the sophistication of goyard, timeless quality of gucci, and on and on.
Yes it's a material thing that gives me a unnatural sense of calmness. It's ok to judge me, I do it to myself all the time.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What to Pack???



My camera is ready, well not exactly...by ready I mean I plan on packing it and buying several new SD cards, but you get the idea. I am generally pretty good at taking pictures while on vacation, and I am not claiming to be a professional. Overall I tend to take a ton of photos, I'm not great at it but I capture the memory or image I was hoping for and that's the important part. This trip has been in the works since January and I have been mentally preparing for it for at least three months. Only one problem, mental preparation is not the same as actual preparation. Fun facts about me: I work best under pressure (by work I mean pack), and I always make a million list before a trip and can not find a one when the packing actually starts. So overall I am uber awesome at traveling. NOT! I always over pack, and usually forget stuff and can not ever seem to manage my own luggage on my own. EEEKKKK I have a lot to work out before Sunday. Not to mention I haven't called the credit card company to say "oh hey I'll be in like 8 different places that are not in Texas for the next sixteen days." Probably need to add that to the list, that I will lose as well as adding an international plan to my cell phone.Oh...and find my passport.
Now to a few fun deets about the trip, I'm traveling with a friend who WON this trip because she is rocking awesome at her job. I might be a little jealous, lets me be honest..the only trips I've won because of my job are...NONE.  So my friend can apparently rock your friends socks off when it comes to insurance and being amazeballs at it. We will be in so many places I literally have to check the email (some are: Venice, Rome, Capri, Piza, Florence,and I am forgetting some), the other day I realized we were also going to Monte Carlo! 
Back to my list and managing the luggage, WHAT DO I PACK??? Sure the I get the basics: phone charger, passport, money, camera, special pill for the plane ride. YES, I am a nervous flier, I didn't say scared to fly because I get nervous all confined to one space for nine plus hours and I'm super chatty. I know that no one wants super chatty next to them on a nine plus hour flight...I don't! Right now I need to say, sorry to the person next me to for chatting you up till my special pill kicked in and knocking me out. My big plan is to make my pod into a bed, get into my sleep sack, put on eye mask and wake up with really bad hair and puff eyes in London.
Lets talk clothes, and sixteen ish days of them. I'm generally a big fan of dresses and will be packing a few new ones ( a Lilly Pulitzer maxi, EM dress and several sail to sable dresses) and several other basic dresses and separates. Jack Rogers and Tory Burch Reva's are the shoes of choice at the moment but I may need to pack something more practical. What kind of shoe is considered practical and perfect for travel that doesn't look like I work in a cafeteria?? Sperry's are not always blister friendly for me, and wedges are definitely not practical but are adorable. Eeek, I see problems with foot wear malfunctions.  Lets not forget jewelry, what's okay to take and not to take. I probably wear enough jewelry everyday to open a small pop up shop.  I don't know, I just want to pack and be prepared and have an incredible trip full of fun and great memories. The rest is gravy, right???  

Have any great tips on packing? please share.




Peace Be With You

Not sure what to say, but apparently Lee Warren needed his/her moment to get a lot of energy and passion for how he/she feels and I can totally appreciate and respect that. I never aspect people to agree with what I say or write and when anyone puts their opinions, feeling and views on an open forum then he/she (me) have to be ready for others to either agree or disagree. I get that, I have no problem with it. The question I am sure I will get is why would you post what Lee Warren has to say...my response...why not, it's not a reflection on me or how I feel. This person doesn't know me or my family, Lee is responding to his/her strong emotions and feeling! All I can offer to Lee is, thanks for reading and I have to applaud your passion and conviction, peace be with you.


*this was the comment I received this morning from Lee Warren

Tikaa,

First, let me say that you're a hateful, ungodly idiot. You and you 100 readers on your free Blogger account may not know Jesus, but He knows you. He says that if anyone causes a child to stumble, they're going to suffer in hell.

Your post was awful, hateful, and sinful, and I hope that you suffer for it as the child and his family have.

I know you'll delete this post since people like you never let anyone else have a say when you post sinful comments like you did and make accusations to CPS like you did, but at least I know that you'll read it since you're vain enough to read all four of the comments you receive every day.

Your kids, if they're lucky, will grow up, see through you, and distance themselves from their upbringing.

But, from their pictures, I suspect they won't be smart enough to do so.

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, you see.

Jesus hates your actions. And if you persist in your ungodly behavior, I fear He has a surprise for you.

You owe that family an apology. And even if they forgive you, I still hope that someday you suffer for what you've done.


Lee Warren





Monday, March 24, 2014

"What's a Mother To Do" part 2

If you are here looking for the post "What's a Mother to DO?" I have removed it. After four years of blogging I can say that I have never taken down a post. I have been asked to remove a few post in the past and have always stuck to my guns and left them up. So why did I this time...I stand by what I wrote in the post I removed but was asked by someone that I respect tremulously to take it down. I removed the post for her and her only.
It's a struggle for me and I am extremely disappointed in myself for removing it but again I respect the woman that asked and understand her reasons, although I do not agree. My motherly instinct is CRUSHED and I feel like I have let down my children and definitely have let myself down. But once again I ask, What's a Mother to DO?