Category Archives: weekend

sleeping on the job

A Pretty Penny - Keira & Doak

{ working the beer tent with my right-paw man at Bark in the Park on Saturday }

Over the weekend, C and I crossed another Small Business Owner Rite of Passage  off the list: power napping at the shop between appointments.

Saturday was a blur. We got to the shop bright and early, and I handled the twenty-or-so prom corsage pick ups and a wedding consult while C delivered arrangements for two big parties across town. When the last corsage left the building — all the teenagers were on time, sweet babies — we packed the van and headed out of the county to deliver a small wedding order.

One of my favorite things about our job is discovering charming new-to-us venues for weddings and events. This time it was GiGi’s Country Garden in Plant City. I wish I’d taken photos, but we were both starving and on a super tight schedule. Also I’m terrible at taking photos of important things like cute wedding venues and my wedding designs. Oops. I did manage to Instagram a photo of the bride’s bouquet!

{And now my Aunt Cindy, loyal APP reader, is going to get me for being in her neck of the woods and not stopping by to visit…}

When a florist is in Plant City, she must stop and visit Southern Hospitality, no matter how rushed she may be, or how much her hungry husband isn’t feeling it.  It’s the mothership of ribbon, containers and accessories, and cannot be avoided.

I sprinted in for some much-needed supplies as C wearily followed behind. He refused my suggestion to pop a squat in the cozy bench swing out front, probably assuming his lingering presence would make me move faster. Safe assumption. I filled two giant bags in under 10 minutes, which I think is some kind of record that deserves recognition and chocolate.

Two Mo’s burritos as big as our heads and a 40 minute drive later, we found ourselves back at HQ with an hour to spare before we were expected in the park to volunteer for an event. I looked at C, pointed to the tiny floral loveseat that used to belong to my grandmother but now resides in the front of the flower shop, and said, “You take the couch; throw me a cushion.” He curled up — basically in the fetal position, because seriously, that couch is tiny — and I found a nearby spot on the floor a safe distance from the front windows so passerby wouldn’t peek in and think I was unconscious (or worse).

Doak curled up beside me, and the three of us passed out cold for 30 minutes.

With newly-recharged batteries, we all made our way to the park a few blocks from the shop for Bark in the Park, a fun festival for four-legged friends and their owners. C and I had the 4-6 shift at the beer tent. It’s a tough job pouring beer, but someone’s gotta do it. ;) Our friend, Lauren, came down to hang with us while C manned the kegs and Doak charmed the pants off everyone. It was a great afternoon!

Later that evening, C and I were rehashing the day over a (super late) takeout dinner, and both agreed that the power nap really saved the day. Now I’m trying to figure out a way to work one into my regular schedule.

And shopping for a bigger couch.

Sunday Best

A Pretty Penny | Sunday Best

{ LOFT sweater; Joe’s jeans cut into shorts; Cynthia Vincent snakeskin flats; Lauren Merkin bag }

Last Sunday, the spring cleaning bug bit C; he came home from the gym with my father-in-law’s pressure washer and big plans to clean the exterior of the house. While he busied himself blasting the mildew from our stucco, I threw on my old Sunday standbys headed out for some errands and shopping.

My spring weekend uniform is typically some simple variation of this: cut-offs (I made these from a pair of extra-long Joe’s I found at the Goodwill for a 10-spot) with flats, a comfy top, and a hat. For now, I’m wearing my cozy sweaters as much as I can, until the summer heat makes it impossible.

When I made my way back to our freshly washed house that afternoon, I threw a big salad together with chicken, bleu cheese and fresh Florida strawberries. Later, I swapped the sweater for a t-shirt and spent some quiet time poolside to soak up the extra hour of sunshine.

Since Sunday is our only full day off during the week, we always try to make the most of it; a successful one is equally productive and lazy with lots of good food and a good dose of quality time together.

Last weekend we nailed it.

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More {okay, lots more} snaps from our weekend getaway to Siesta Key…

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{A “His and Hers” Saturday afternoon in the sand: He played a couple games of beach volleyball (his favorite sport).  She sat in the shade and caught up on the latest issue of InStyle.}

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{Later we drove down the shore to Turtle Beach for a romantic al fresco dinner on the bay at our favorite local seafood spot}

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{Sunday morning we headed down to Siesta Key Village for breakfast at Sun Garden. If you ever find yourself in SKB, eat here and order the sweet potato pancakes!}

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{We took a little stroll after breakfast. I’ll follow that cute backside anywhere… ;-)}

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{… Our walk led us to a beautiful section of secluded beach that we hadn’t found before!}

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{how many flowers do we need to sell to make this our backyard?}

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{Peepin’ beach rentals for a possible future couples’ trip… hear that Lo, P, Meg & LB?}

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{There were lots of rose petals strewn in the sand. We decided someone got engaged there the night before. Or knew the florists were coming to town.}

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{can’t wait for our next trip, lovey!}

take me back…

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{ dress: The Webster for Target; striped floppy hat: D&Y; sandals: Sam Edelman via Hautelook; backpack: Vera Bradley (purchased in college) }

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Last Saturday, C and I packed a little suitcase and snuck away after work for a mini-break at our favorite spot on the Gulf coast. It’s really kind of ridiculous that we live smack in the middle of two beautiful coastlines, and never make it to the beach…

We’ve got the whole “work hard” thing down, and now we just need to make more time for some play {all part of that elusive balance we’re always striving for}. So while we were there, we made a deal to squeeze in a road trip at least once every couple of months to soak up the sunshine and recharge our batteries. It’s easier to drag yourself away when you know you’ll be returning soon.

weekend update: today we are thankful.

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It started out as a rainy weekend. Typical for Florida, and nothing to be worried about. At first.

We worked for a few hours at the shop Saturday morning, then I spent the afternoon drinking wine on my couch and watching an all-day marathon of Gossip Girl on Netflix. In the name of research. Those Upper-East-Siders have incredible floral arrangements!

On Sunday morning we woke up to more rain, but bare cupboards necessitated a soggy trip to the grocery store to restock; including picking up supplies for Jen’s S’mores. I dominated Publix with coupons and a well-planned shopping list and saved $80, but came home completely soaked to the skin. Later, we snuggled up to watch I Love Lucy and took a lovely mid-rain siesta before heading to our friends Zane and Lauren’s house for dinner. Lauren’s part of a community visioning initiative for our hometown, so we helped her with a brainstorming sesh over drinks and snacks. After dinner, we moved the party to the living room, where we watched TV while devouring my friend Lisa’s amazing gluten-free chocolate cookies — a recipe I’ll be sure to share later — and those s’mores. The news kept breaking in with severe weather alerts for the Gulf coast from Tropical Storm Debby, including dangerous driving conditions and tornado warnings. We didn’t pay much attention because it all seemed so far away, until Chad’s phone started blowing up with text messages from concerned friends and family who heard a tornado was spotted in our neighborhood.

Let me break here and say, we Floridians ain’t skeered of a little bad weather. We’re accustomed to tropical storms, and even hold our own through major hurricanes. Most of us have a stash of emergency supplies in case we lose power for a day (or five, like the days of Charlie and Francis in 2005) and hurricane parties are kind of fun. But tornados are a whole different ball game. They’re unpredictable, random, incredibly destructive, and utterly terrifying.

Along with those text messages, we received this photo, taken by a nearby neighbor:

{photo taken from theledger.com, one of several tornados that hit our community last night}

Of our small group, more than half of us live within in a five-mile radius of each other on this same lake. Our parents live there, too. After about an hour of letting the storm calm, we — probably against our better judgement — hopped in our cars and headed home to assess the damage. The storm knocked out power all across town, and driving home in total blackness didn’t help ease the anxiety of what may be waiting for us at our house. We passed firetrucks, dozens of police, and service trucks from the electric company, all trying to assess the damage in pitch darkness and relentless rain. When we passed the gates of our neighborhood, we relaxed a little when we realized there wasn’t any large debris or damaged property. Our home was completely unscathed, but powerless. Praise God. We lit some candles, called all of our family and friends to make sure everyone was safe, and didn’t open the refrigerator in an effort to save all those groceries I’d just bought.

I couldn’t reach my parents. They live in the area that was reported to have received the most damage. Those hours of not knowing if they were safe were terrible. I finally reached my step-dad early this morning, and they weathered the storm even better than we did; the only thing they lost was cable! Our power didn’t return until 6:30am.

This morning, my facebook news feed was full of updates on the storm. Some people lost their homes. A few people even lost their lives. I’ve hugged my husband twenty times and sent up prayers of gratitude for making it through unharmed. Our home, our business, and everyone that matters to us is safe and sound.

But this isn’t a great start to our storm season…

weekend update

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Some on-the-go snaps from this weekend and the last. Some work, and some play. Our crepe myrtles are blooming, I’ve stocked up my summer reading selection, and we’re spending as much time in the sunshine as we can. Although, sunshine has been sparse recently.

Summer weekends are in full swing!

the best kind of sunday

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{straw bag: a pretty penny, fedora: m.marie, sunnies: kmart}

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{an amazing brunch at sun garden cafe in Siesta Key Village: eggs benedict florentine, sweet potato pancakes, and an ice cold Arnold Palmer. I’m still dreaming about those pancakes…}

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{a thrifted easy breezy dress}

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{a farmers market stroll}

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Looking through these photos from last weekend almost helps calm the inner chaos of this crazy holiday week… Almost. Now back to work!

5 years and counting…

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{toes in the sand where we said “I do” on 05/05/07}

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{beach bag essentials}

Last Saturday, Chad and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary! We snuck away to Siesta Key Beach, where we tied the knot half a decade ago. {Half a decade!} If you’re from Florida — or even if you’re not — we recommend a trip to Siesta. It’s been named the #1 beach in the country, and it’s one of our very favorite places to get away.

The timing couldn’t have been better for a battery recharge. We came back to work on Monday facing Mother’s Day, Nurses Week, and Teacher Appreciation Week. It’s going to get wild around here.

I’ll be posting things from our trip throughout the week in an attempt to drag out that good vacation feeling and continue the zen. Think it’ll work? We’ll evaluate at the end of this whirlwind week…

snaps from the weekend: st. pete girls’ getaway

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Friday morning, I packed up the car and drove west to St. Pete beach to meet up with six friends for a girls’ getaway weekend at the Tradewinds Sandpiper. It was a glorious three days, and the break was exactly what I needed to recharge my batteries. Here’s a few Cliffs Notes from the weekend:

Record-breaking luggage volume between 7 girls for 2 nights. Heaven help if any of us ever add children to the mix.

Pina coladas, skinny Patron margaritas, bahama mamas, vodka-spiked Arnold Palmers, top shelf champagne, moscow mulespop rock martinis, and a Corona or two.

A sunset dinner on the deck at Crabby Bills.

A hostile takeover of the Instagram feed.

A birthday arm party for Perry.

The best — and biggest — breakfast from The Frog Pond.

More SPF than you can even imagine, and not a single sunburn.

A wild afternoon at the PCI bar. Stand-out random quote from Drunk Guy #6 as he passed our table: “I like your hat. And your starfish earrings.”

Uh-mazing pulled pork and blue cheese balsamic potato chips at Beachwood BBQ and Burgers.

A little quiet alone time on the beach with the second book of the Hunger Games after all the girls hit the road Sunday morning.

My body is back at work today, but my brain is still in beach mode. Why does it seem like you always need just one more day after a vacation? I’m feeling extra blessed today to have such an amazing group of girlfriends that are so darn fun to hang with. Can’t wait for the next getaway!

saturday uniform

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Hubs and I work almost every Saturday, and if our schedules align we carpool {because we’re cheap green}. The general mood around our house as we roll out of bed 10 minutes before we need to head out the door goes a little something like this:

We’re only going to work until lunchtime, so showers are optional.

Ironing, however, is not an option.

It’s perfectly acceptable to wear the same pants you wore to work the day before. Sometimes the same shirt, but it must first pass a sniff test by the other half.

Keira understands that it’s more important to allocate an extra 10 minutes for a stop at Dunkin Donuts than to spend the same amount of time perfecting her hair and/or makeup.

Chad understands that no matter how many times he says, “babe, we gotta go!” it’s not really going to make Keira move any faster. {morning person I am not.}

green hornet.

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twenty one knit cardi (a pretty penny) | Tommy Hilfiger black skinnies (Macy’s clearance, $9) | INC sweater tank (a pretty penny) | Candies boots (Kohl’s, 2009) | Kate Landry bagIMG_5084

Introducing my [not so] super-secret recipe for the perfect early fall weekend outfit: favorite well-worn jeans tucked into comfy boots, paired with a long lightweight cardigan (preferably with stripes).

I updated the online shop yesterday with lots of new inventory. To celebrate my procrastination of a decent store stocking, here’s a special discount offer — Use the promotion code “BETTERLATETHANNEVER” to take 10% off your entire order through Tuesday!

Enjoy what’s left of the weekend. My to-do list is full of naps, home-cooked meals, and maybe a craft project or two. Husband’s to-do list is full of football.

are you ready for some football?

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The start of football season is a big deal around the Lennox camp. Chad is one of those superfans who know random football trivia from the ’70s and live and die by their fantasy stats through February. I’m less enthusiastic about the game, but I love all the festivities that come with it. We went to our first tailgate party of the year on Saturday at a local university where one of our good friends is the VP of Institutional Advancement. They have two big tailgate parties each season, and he always makes sure we’re on the VIP list {thanks again, S & T!}. It was so nice to unplug from work for an afternoon, soak up some sunshine, and just relax! We had the best day, and Chad was happier than a kid at Christmas to go to his first game of the year.

What I wore: Lucy Love top and Goorin Bros hat (m.marie boutique), Levis cutoffs (Macy’s), Antonio Milani sandals (Dillard’s), Kate Landry bag (gifted from Mom), and drugstore sunnies.

>Weekend Update

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Weekend Wedding
Going to the chapel!
We designed, delivered, and set up our biggest wedding of the season on Saturday.
Date night to a charity cocktail party and a long overdue romantic dinner with my favorite guy.
(Wearing INC silk romper and the shoes below)  
The newest addition to my completely-impractical-but-oh-so-fabulous shoe collection.
A studded pair of platform Kathy van Zeeland stilettos,
scored at Beall’s Outlet Saturday afternoon for a mere $39.99!
Goodbye, nasty carpet!!
C’s weekend warrior project: ripping up our carpet.
New floors are coming this week — horray!
What I’m reading.
I found this at the used bookstore, and had it on my bookshelf for almost a year before I cracked it open.
I don’t know why I waited so long. It’s smart and witty, and you’ll never watch The Wizard of  Oz with the same eyes again.
Gorgeous Florida afternoon.
Spent the entire day Sunday outside reading in the grass, working on DIY projects on the patio, an al fresco lunch with C…
So lovely.
Sneak peek of this week’s ReStyle! Inspired by Christina :-)

>Par for the Course

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My husband, the athlete. I’m perfectly content spending a weekend afternoon reading books and watching reality TV reruns on the couch. Not Mister-Ants-in-the-Pants… he’s not happy unless he’s moving, running, or whacking some kind of ball. 
So not only does he drag me outside to fish, he drags me to the golf course, too. 
On a recent weekend golf outing, he played 9 holes and I drove the cart, drank iced tea, and ran around the course snapping photos (using a few of the new tricks I picked up from these super helpful tips over at Kevin and Amanda!). As much as I hate to admit it — because I was super whiny about being ousted off of the aforementioned couch — it was a pretty perfect afternoon! 
You can check out some of my new photography skills after the jump… 

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In case you’re wondering, I have a Canon Rebel XS (love, love, love it) and the lens it came with. We’re hoping to splurge on some new lenses soon. I’d appreciate any recommendations!