Today, I am SO pumped to let you know a fun little addition to my home in the next week or so. If you follow me on Instagram (which you should- Bree_Moore1224), you’ve seen a new precious baby kitten that will be mine next week!
Um. Yeah. Cutest thing ever! I actually have no clue if it’s a boy or a girl yet either. He/She has about one more week with Cat Mom and then I’ll get my new little family member. This sweet little kitten is going to be so overwhelmed with love and… toys! My mom has already bought a little cat jungle gym for him as well as this frame! haha
Everyone who knows me, knows that I melt when a cat is around. I’m not comparable to the cat crying girl on YouTube but I’m more than excited to be in the presence of a cat. hahaha- most everyone in my family is… except for Dad. He’s not a cat fan.
But how could you NOT like this…??
In other exciting news, Mom and I are going to Charleston to be an audience member of the X-Factor! So pumped to see the show and great/funny auditions! I’ll bet some kitten shopping will happen, too!
So excited to meet him and I’ll be sure to take X-Factor photos!
Today, I’m going to make you DROOL! Over the weekend, my Dad celebrated his birthday and his favorite dessert is my Grandmother’s Pecan Pie. On top of a few other gifts, I believe this pie was his favorite! It’s a secret family recipe but today, I’ll share it with you on Breezy Cheetah Pop!
What You’ll Need:
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup dark corn syrup
1/3 cup butter
1 cup pecans (chopped)
pinch of salt
Pie’s are much easier to make than people realize and it’s only a few steps. First, beat your eggs and sugar until blended. Next, add all your other ingredients. The key to a really great pecan pie is of course, the pecans. Please PLEASE take some time and actually buy pecans and crack them. It will take 30 minutes in front of your favorite TV show and it’s a good stress reliever, too! The pecans you find in the bags on the baking isle at the grocery store have preservatives and just give your pie an old taste. Believe me- I tried this trick once at Thanksgiving and my Grandmother immediately said- you didn’t crack your nuts. So, learn from my mistakes, friends! haha
Bake for 50 minutes at 350 degrees. If you see your edges browning too much but the center is a little ‘jiggly’- Take a piece of tin foil and cut a small hole in the center. Place this over the pie and only the middle will cook for your remaining time. This is a trick I learned from Mom growing up because I kept burning the brownies.
Serve warm with whipped cream of vanilla ice cream!
Hope you enjoy!!
Alright, so this week, I have been S L A C K I N G on the blog. I’ve been watching the premiere of So You Think You Can Dance (FAV Summertime show) and last night, I watched American Idol. I used to follow it very close in past seasons and this season I have kept up pretty well only missing a couple.
What do you think of the new judges this season? I feel like a lot of people are not liking Nicki on the show but I LOVE her! She has little nicknames for them all and gives them good criticism. Mariah is alright but I’ve never been the biggest fan of hers anyways. LOVE Keith Urban- man, I kind of imagine him calling me Baby like he does all the contestants. hahaha
But the real question is… Who do you think will win???
CANDACE?- my SC gal!
Or KREE? – Little country gal.
I’m so pumped to see the finale tonight. For the final singing show, I really liked Candace’s performances better and I think she’ll be very marketable. Mom said she could do a lot of things like Jennifer Hudson. I think Kree is her own person though and no one has really been like her in past seasons. The jury is out.
What do you think??
Can’t wait to see tonight!!
I’ve been jumping into projects left and right these past few weeks but this is one I’m REALLY excited about. The Crown Publishing Group (a part of Random House) has reached out to certain bloggers to review some of their books. It could be anything from cooking to fashion but my first send was a book on French interior design. How magnifique!
BOOK REVIEW: French Accents by Erin Swift
Erin Swift not only has an unmistakable eye for interiors but she has such a highly coveted self-satisfying job. Just think of all the beauty in her day to day life whether its street-side antique shopping or getting a first hand tour of some of the most photographed homes in France. In her new book, Erin takes the reader through all sorts of homes in France- some being very regal and elegant where others have the distressed but chic vibe.
I love her useful tips about mixing patters and textures to really bring the room to life. It takes me back to my college dorm room days where my mom was my interior designer and everything was in the same pattern of Vera Bradley print from bed pillow to lap top cases. EVERYTHING. I love her and her style but mine is a little more off beat. French Accents is a little more delicate with a hard distressed edge which I really connected with.
The book is divided up into sections that help the reader grasp how to pull a room together with a French twist. I love the section on color because it teaches you to be as bold as you want to go or as neutral. Erin suggests to start out with a black and white color scheme throwing in only a few pops of color if it frightens you. However, you can go a totally opposite way by having the wallpaper, bedding, covered chair, family dog’s sweater (joking on that!) all being the exact same pattern and it looks chic as well. I like her bold choices because it makes my wheels start turning- more on that later.
She breaks down a few interior design staples like lighting and flooring but I really liked the section on frames. In my house, I pay special attention to what is hanging on my wall whether it’s my the first art you see when you walk in, the DIY portrait I redo every season or the wall of my dad’s old records. The one thing I don’t really consider is the framing. You could have the simplest poster print in black and white but with an elaborate frame, it totally changes the feel. I’d love to experiment more with this idea.
One element that I can’t escape in the book (because it’s on every page) are BOOKS. The French must be OBSESSED with books. I mean, they are beautiful, each with their own unique cover and titles however, it must be a French staple in a household. Granted, I use them on my fireplace mantle but only the pretty ones… in bright colors. In France, the more distressed the better. I really liked their different textures of a crystallized chandelier among a throng of old dusty books and an antique table. Brilliant. It’s like wearing a pair of huge diamond earrings with a grunge t-shirt and faded jeans. Just perfection.
Layering is also another aspect of French design that stood out to me. She would stack about 4 different paintings on a mantle or overflow a bedside table with knick-knacks. In some cases, less is more but in rooms that are more “beauty rooms” than livable rooms, I think more is more!
Interior design is something I like to dabble in but only when it comes to redecorating a room or helping out a friend with ideas. I can’t stand the same look year after year so I think it’s great to get a fresh look. It makes your mood better and you feel like a job well done when it’s through. (Especially the repainting rooms part!) My mom has been wanting my help to transform my childhood room into an extra guest bedroom. No real ideas presented themselves at first but then I got my hands on French Accents and it all just started to flow.
The room is still in progress because I think a fresh coat of paint would really freshen it up. When I moved out, this room became a sort of extra closet space as well as the room to put any furniture that wasn’t being used. I think a lot of families have that room without much purpose like a sitting room. Who hangs out in a sitting room anymore?? Here are some of the before shots of my old room:
It’s morphed from a beach/Hawaiian theme to an all-white room with pops of pastel colors. Some grown up pieces are in there like the desk with storage on top along with childhood pieces like the bench with bears. All can be used in different ways but it’s just not really clicking right now.
By reading French Accents, I really wanted to give the room personality when my parents have visitors. It can feel ‘lived in’ with older pieces while having that shiny brand new feel. My inspiration is Grandmommy. Everyone thinks she looks like the Queen of England so why not go with that? Even though I’m following some French ideas, I think the room would look very rich and inviting with some deep red and royal blue accents. For Mother’s Day, I got this beautiful ‘Queen-like’ desk from Home Goods. My room creations usually start around one great piece of furniture I find then the room evolves around that. I can see it in front of the 4 windows so the mirrors really reflect off of it and it’s the first thing you see when you enter the room.
I could just imagine that with a little fabric toadstool or a dainty fold out chair. Grandmommy gave mom the most incredible red and white handstitched quilt. I can’t remember the exact age of it but it’s old and very impressive. I could see this hanging behind the bed for that vintage feel.
I’d say keep the white furniture and bedding and mix it up with funky accents like these:
This room in French Accents really made me want to go this route so I’d love to hang some long curtains that dragged the floor- not sure if they should be printed or plain yet though. I just loved how they played with color and art.
French Accents is very informative as well as a large coffee table book stuffed full of design photos. I can already tell that this will be a book that I like referring back to from time to time to gain inspiration. Erin Swift really knows how to make interiors look effortless and eclectic at the same time. I would recommend this book to anyone that appreciates a stylish home and life. (An avid book reader also helps.)
BUY THIS BOOK: here
Thank you Crown Publishing and I hope to review another book in the future.
What’s better than 1 wedding? 2 WEDDINGS!
I’m excited to announce that one of my best friends, LaBruce, is getting married again! Announced just a few weeks ago, the Not Wedding is setting up in Charleston and has asked if her and Harrison will be their fake bride and groom. Don’t know what the Not Wedding is? They are an eclectic bridal show that throw a fake wedding in big cities across the US. What’s so great about it is that it pulls the best vendors (cake, photography, fashion, you name it!) into one ultimate wedding. Brides-To-Be line up to get tickets and see what their future wedding COULD be like … or just to gain some fabulous ideas that are even ahead of the curve of our good friend, Pinterest.
The Not Wedding Website (HERE) posted LaBruce and Harrison’s Sappy Love Story yesterday.
Here is us at their first wedding:
Even though I am beyond excited for them to renew their vows… I’m more excited that they asked Aaron and I to be part of their ceremony! We’ll be doing the whole ‘wedding thing’ again with photos, parties and I do’s but without the pressure. EASY and FUN!
They are a truly wonderful couple and he balances her more than I’d ever thought possible. He lets LaBruce be fun, spirited, spunky LaBruce and that is why we all love him so much! Fiances and husbands of best friends really do have to get ‘accepted’ and it took him no time to win us over! I can’t wait to see the creative decor and ideas they come up for Harrison and LaBruce. One of our sorority sisters had a Not Wedding in Atlanta. Here are some of her shots!
I loved looking through the rest of the site at weddings they have done in Orlando, San Diego and Los Angeles, too.
Are you a bride to be and want to come to the wedding in Charleston? It’s June 13th, only $30 and you can get your ticket HERE.
Can’t wait to post pictures from the 2nd Big Day!
It’s not a man’s world anymore. I’m sick of woman scrambling in the work place to meet a deadline, build a report, put it all together only for the man to present the project. And then they get scolded for accidentally putting an extra space in the paragraph. It’s something that a lot of women struggle with on a daily basis in the job field today. I’m not saying men are bad- promise- but in some offices, they are still getting all the credit where women could probably do (if not better) an equal job as them. Maybe I’ve just seen a lot of it lately in my work and my friend’s jobs but it makes me really appreciate the women out in the world just ‘going for it!’
I think it’s so inspiring to see women that make a name for themselves and start their own business. They had a dream and they started it no matter how many people turned them down or how long it took them to start making a profit. Every now and then, I think it’s important to share a few of the women that inspire me and work hard at their dream.
Today is all about a subject near and dear to my heart… fashion. Brittany Fuson of Brittany Fuson Paper is a gal that started her career as an artist and is now recognized by many popular magazines for her designs. I really don’t know her other than a friend showing me her designs once but I can connect with her. I grew up with multiple sketchpads in hand always drawing and doodling fashion. I would design outfits and draw them out since I wanted to go to school to be a fashion designer. (I had lots of Britney Spears ‘snake’ designs because I was obsessed with her Dream with in a Dream tour! hahahaha)
Back to the fact, I absolutely LOVE Brittany’s vision because she took something she’s great at and loves and turned it into a business. Here are some of her beautiful designs- mainly picking all the cheetah, of course.
What is so marketable about these prints is that… you can use them for anything. Brittany sells luggage tags, notebooks, stationary and much more. I believe (not certain) she might even customize them for things like baby showers, bachelorettes, weddings, etc. I just think they are so pretty and would be so proud to send them to my buddies! I just might be looking to purchase some soon- Breezy Cheetah Pop cards?? YES!
Please look at her website: HERE
Her blog is also a great style inspiration:
You go on with your bad self, Brittany! Hope this fashion gal inspired you to do great things with your talents. I’ll share even more ladies on top coming weeks!