Every Blog Has Its Day

There are endless amounts of blogs out there.  But for to those of you who have come to know and love this one:  today is a special day.

Serendipping turned 1 !!!

Thanks Oh, Happy Day. The proof is in the pudding.

Happy Birthday to:

  • A new found (and mostly productive) hobby
  • My big crush on Colorado (sparks flew once I had a place to stop, reflect, and realize how damn good I had it!)
  • A friend-maker (I don’t have a dog to walk, you know?)
  • A style-shaker … things are bound to spice on up when you’re looking at Pinterest for content all the time
  • A travel pal — Santorini is better shared
  • A day brightener 
Every time a post publishes, one of you Serendippers  encourages me by
shooting me a text, dropping a comment, or giving me a “like” on the good ol’ FB.  This is my chance to say THANK YOU.
I’m so appreciative for the chance to connect with each and every one of you.  Whether it’s a conscious bond or not, we’re both better off – and I’m simply in love with that notion!  Double Dipping doesn’t always come easy.  We have to account for the fact that some really blissful moments do pass us by.  We’re busy people, driven people, hoping for the next-big-moment kind of people.  And who can blame us?  That’s life.  I mean, it’s 6:15 pm and I’m just getting around to drafting this post.
Serendipping has been an outlet for SLOWING DOWN and BUCKING UP.  Documenting life so closely definitely causes some introspection.  Furthermore, this blog has helped me stay positive when I just was. not. feelin’. it.  If you’re going to air your laundry, might as well wear cute panties!
But most importantly, please know that your kind words have made all the difference.  Good things are happening.  For you, for me, for us. To many more serendipitous happenings!
It’s a beautiful evening! Wine and Dine lovers.  Try this budget-savvy Red I’ve been loving  (Found in sketch liquor stores all over America!)
Talk soon –

Milk & Honey

Pardon my absence darlings.  I’ve been roaming around … a little bit of a fancy free hiatus if you will.  I wanted to take a moment to speak about friendships.  The other day while I was at the salon brightening up my locks, glued to Vanity Fair’s article on Julia Roberts, I found a tid-bit of lovely insight!  

For one, I noticed that Roberts is one for Serendipping herself!  The article featured a conversation between Roberts and Mike Nichols, acclaimed director and dear friend she has worked with many times over the years.  (i.e. 2004 / Closer / Game-Changer!).  Here’s a note on Nichol’s success, and their views on the way life simply surprises you:

V.F.:Virginia Woolf and The Graduate put you on the map, big-time! [The former was nominated in every eligible category and won five Academy Awards, including Elizabeth Taylor’s second Oscar for best actress.]

MIKE: Where is anything but luck in that? I was lucky that Ross Hunter revealed himself to me in our very first exchange. And I was lucky that I got to meet Elizabeth.

JULIA: It’s so funny; people have really strong opinions about luck.

MIKE: I can’t speak for anybody else, but I do believe in luck …

JULIA: I do, too—luck and good friends, just believing in all the little daily things that sometimes go unobserved. They all add up to that moment of being right where you’re supposed to be.

How wonderful.  More recent(-ish!) moments with my good friends – new and old:

Good Friends + Good Perspective

Secondly, I couldn’t help but re-prioritize my goals regarding my personal relationships.  So many times I find myself making an immense amount of effort to physically be with the ones I love.  Plane rides to and fro, lots and lots of phone calls, face-time, skype dates and MP3 swap seshes ;-) But this  quote of Roberts puts everything into perspective.  Quality verses quantity.  Obviously these two working professionals don’t see each other on a regular basis.  However, Nichols has managed to have such a profound effect on Roberts solely because of these defining characteristics.

Sure, I’ve always tried to be plainspoken and encouraging.  But we’re always evolving and I can be better.  I want to be better.

Being described like this by a loved one: milk and honey.

Happy Monday Y’all.


DUI: Designing Under the Influence

Excitement on the rocks.  Tipsy with anticipation.  This buzz makes for a fun design process!  Keep the Adobe CS5’s coming, thanks!  Lately I’ve been dubbed the invite girl.  I do love to endorse a fabulous gathering, however I’m always slightly intimidated at first. Once I overcome that part it’s great to see a concept materialize in a way that complements the personality of the honoree.  Knocked this baby out the other day with a huge grin… I get to see my dearest friends in just a couple of weeks!

No crashing! ;-)

My darling Lindsay is smart, sleek, and bubbly …with the brightest smile known to man.  The green used in the background speaks to the tone our assorted bridesmaids dresses.  Also incorporated my cousin Lee’s textile design with the damask graphic.  Love it when an idea of hers sparks one of mine!

Lindsay & Casey’s Southern wedding is going to be one of casual sophistication.  A long weekend retreat in a cabin or two by the water.  I mean, who wants stuffy on Cinco de Mayo!?  Or ever… ick.

Warm weather and wedding season are approaching!  This is gettin’ good!  Happy Wednesday, hope you’re buzzing.



Stuck on De Souza

If there’s one thing the wild men in my family (Malbon side of course) can get right, it’s picking a mate. I’m surrounded by beautiful, inspiring women; all of whom nurture a particular creative instinct. One of these women is Paola De Souza, the wife of my cousin Michael. We plain Virginia folk call her “P”. She’s a make up artist and develops looks for Diane Von Furstenburg, Ace & Jig, and Frank 151 Magazine, to name a few. P ventured from Buenos Aires to Manhattan after hearing great things from her brother, Victor. He is a self-made fashion designer who lives for his craft. I was beyond impressed to see his latest show unfold at Fashion Week:

Are. You. Serious.

Victor De Souza show at the Bowery Hotel. These are P’s photos taken from front row.

Looks from back stage & the runway

The structure of these pieces: impeccable. The ingenuity: divine. As P said herself – what beautiful, feminine silhouettes! Hear about Victor’s concept and get a peek back stage:

Behind every strong individual, there is a family. Whether it be the one you were given, or the one you have made yourself, you are only as resilient as your safety net. This brother & sister duo have nested far away from home in order to pursue creative endeavors. They support each other endlessly and possess a lovely sense of gratitude for all the good that has come their way.

Meet P, Her & Michael’s daughters: Kyla and Avery (Precious!), and once again – Victor.


Here’s to family, hopes, and hard work.

Happy Monday Y’all. Let’s start it up.



In 2012: Get a Spray Tan

The time has come, or rather – is quite over due, for that New Year’s “Hoo Ha” everyone is writing about.

^”Hoo ha”, in my sixty something-year-old coworker’s vocabulary, is a very generalized term for “mess” or “confusion.”  I figure I like his definition significantly better than the alternative.  You can imagine that I delight in a particularly amusing workplace.

Instead of racking my brain for my PERFECT 2012 resolution … this year I decided to take notes from a trusty, favored source:  my best Auburn girlfriends.   They put the slam dunk in my dunk-a-roos snack pack.  I can’t get enough of them.  Truly.

Mad Men Bridal Shower + Photo Booth? Why Not!

Some have travel destinations to conquer, another has a whole new career objective complete with a move to our capitol, and there are a few blissful weddings around the corner.  Basically, the news is that big things are going on.

And in the midst of all the excitement, we also cope with the sadness attributed to an unexpected departure of someone close-by.  In July, we lost Elizabeth’s mother, Peggy Davis.   She was an incredibly kind, loving, and wise woman who is dearly missed by her two daughters and husband of 34 years.

Here’s our Girl:

(I Know Her^!!)

Eliz and her mom had a rare connection.  It seemed as though Mrs. Davis had mastered the perfect balance between offering the guidance that can only comes from a great mother, along with the companionship that comes from your very best friend.  They just adored each other and Eliz always reached out to her mom first for insight when things went astray.

Peggy taught Elizabeth a lot of quirky & fun lessons that we passed around… such as, “Get a spray tan!  You’ll look awesome!  Better than you look usually.”  And she had this way of making the usual routine original.  For example, when the girls were little she would have them leave the kitchen in the mornings while she made their school lunches.  The idea was that she was sprinkling “fairy dust” on their sandwiches.  Insurance that the girls came home with empty lunch boxes every day = Ingenious!  And she called everyone “Angel.”  How’s that for a self-esteem booster?

Remembering Peggy's Smile

I figure if anyone has had some time to reflect over the past year, it’s Elizabeth, and I was anxious to see what this coming year looks like through her eyes.  The answer is: it appears very simple.

She told me, “Stuff … things …they just aren’t important.”  So – de-cluttering is naturally on the agenda.  Quality hang-out time without a thing on the agenda, is on the agenda.  Saying “I do” is on the agenda!  And we bridesmaids don’t even have to wear matching dresses ;-)  Unjustified stress seems to be out of the picture for this girl.  As a conscious decision obviously, because that’s a toughie!  “Good relationships are all you need at the end of the day.” – She reminded me.

Food for Thought

In summary:  Take care of yourself.  Take care of your loved ones.  Keep your eyes on the bare necessities and practice gratitude daily for life’s double-dipped moments.

Happy Belated New Year everyone.  It’s bound to be pretty fantastic if we’re open to making the best of the chance happenings.

Good Things


Holiday Hostess

Hosting a little impromptu dinner party tonight!  I thought it’d be the perfect, little celebration with friends before I head home next week.  Sent the invite on Monday … aren’t surprises fun?

Photoshop d.i.moi.

Here are some photos that inspired my menu:

MMMM scrumptious!

I will definitely be double dipping tonight!  Now I’ve got to go get in the kitchen.  But if I can make these recipes, ANYONE can.  I’ll keep you posted on the results.  Merry Christmas!  How are you celebrating away from home?