Thursday, August 28, 2014

Frenemies


Today's post is about frenemies! One lesson I have learned over the years is that some people you meet are best not in your life. Some people’s negativity will bring you down in more ways than you would expect. I’ve had to cut a few friends out of my life in the last 10 years and although I miss them on occasion, I still feel that it was the best decision for me. Elite Daily wrote an interesting advice article on 10 Types of Friends To Say Goodbye To- these can really apply to men or women, and people of all ages. I have definitely had a few friendships like these! This article is by Elite Daily and these pics are found by me! It reads as follows:


 The Green-Eyed Monster
 
New boyfriend or girlfriend? Big promotion? Do you ever feel like your good news is making someone else miserable? If that miserable person is someone you call friend, it’s time to let him or her go.
Assuming you’re not bragging or rubbing it in, anyone who isn’t happy for your success, good fortune or happiness is a toxic presence in your life.
Many cultures believe in Evil Eye, which is a curse put on one person by another through negative or jealous looks, thoughts and energy. This particular type of curse is considered very powerful and can cause harm and chaos. Whether you believe in it or not, the simple fact remains: Anyone who is envious or isn’t supportive or happy for you in good times is not a true friend.



 
The Flirt

If a friend flirts with your boyfriend or girlfriend, ex, or even crush, take this as a big red flag. Once you’ve made it clear that this is someone you’re interested in or have history with, there is no reason whatsoever that your friend should be anything more than friendly or cordial with him or her — particularly if you’re officially dating! Exes are off limits, too, for obvious reasons. Unless your friend and said person have been buddies since before your time, your friend also has an obligation to tell you that he or she is planning to see or hang with the person you are dating, hoping to date, or used to date. Regardless of its innocent nature, a true friend/decent human being would run it by you first. If this friend omits the truth or lies to you about it you should seriously question his or her loyalty.



The Back Turner
Picture yourself in a tricky situation at a bar, with some loudmouth fool yelling in your face. Where is your friend at this moment? Next to you, trying to defuse the situation, or silently retreating to the safe zone? A test of a true friendship is whether or not your friend sticks by you when it’s not convenient for him or her — even if that means going home with a few bruises and possibly some missing hair extensions. Whether it be in the midst of drama, or simply when holding your hair back after you’ve had one too many, if this person is a true friend to you, he or she will have your back even when the situation isn’t ideal or comfortable.
  

The Flakey Type

Does your friend regularly cancel plans with you last minute? Do you have the sneaking suspicion he or she is being non-committal in case a better opportunity presents itself? Having a flakey friend who repeatedly disappoints can be infuriating.
Either stop inviting this person out, or risk another wasted concert ticket.
  

The Social Climbing Type

It seems to be an innate impulse for us to network and make connections with new people. Don’t get me wrong; it’s great when all your friends can become friends. But when you sense that someone is only spending time with you in an effort to get close to your other friends, that’s a problem — particularly when he or she attempts to cut you out of future plans.  Be careful who you let into your life; they might soon be trying to steal it.



The Gossipy Type
 
You’ve heard this person talk crap about every single friend he or she has. This friend gives you all the dirt, rumors and secrets without you even asking for it. What makes you think he or she doesn’t do the same with your personal information?
If you insist on keeping this person in your life, make sure you tell him or her only material you wouldn’t mind the world knowing about you. Life isn’t a CW show; there shouldn’t be that much drama and intrigue in real life. If the situation is becoming a bit too Us Weekly for you, it might be time to step back.

The Debbie Downer/ Negative Nancy
Being a good friend is about being there through thick and thin, good times and bad. But when a person seems to have nothing good to say — ever, about anything — at a certain point you have to wonder if his or her circumstances can really be attributed to bad luck, or just bad attitude.
Surrounding yourself with miserable people will only make you miserable. Try to talk to this friend about his or her negativity and try to give constructive advice.
If nothing changes, it’s not worth wasting your energy trying to help someone who would rather complain and wallow.
 
  
The Self-Obsessed Type
We all know that person who somehow always manages to make the conversation about him or herself and usually interrupts you in the process.
You: “So, I went to get a haircut today and…” This Friend: “OMG! I need a haircut so badly! My hair grows so fast, it’s crazy. But I guess that’s a good problem to have right?! I’ve been thinking about doing darker too…”
This is the person who thinks his or her life is so interesting that someone should buy the movie rights. The funny thing is, this friend is so in love with the sound of his or her own voice, he or she is usually completely oblivious to the fact that he or she is hijacking all conversation.
Anyone this narcissistic isn’t likely to add much value to your life.




 The Rival
 
This person will stop at nothing to steal any and all attention or praise away from you for his or her own sense of validation. If there is an undeniable “anything you can do, I can do better” quality about this person, get yourself out of there. Destructive competitiveness is toxic to any relationship. It does not make for a trustworthy bond if you know he or she would take any opportunity to stab you in the back or sabotage you.
It is said that most of us will have only a handful of lasting genuine friendships in our lifetime.
While a large percentage of the relationships we form in life are transient, it is still important not to become jaded but to give each person the benefit of the doubt. You might find a truly exceptional friend in the unlikeliest of people.
Finding one great friend is worth going through dozens of bad ones.

Readers, what other types of frenemies can you think of? Feel free to comment!



Monday, August 25, 2014

VMAs Then & Now

Spoiler alert! Last night were the MTV Music Video Awards. These days since I have DVR on my cable, I usually record the awards and then fast forward through it to see all the music performances. I don't really care to see who wins the awards anymore (haha).
I had two favorite performances this year- Taylor Swift and Iggy Azalea. Even though I don't really like Taylor Swift's new song "Shake It Off", I thought she was great in this performance and the audience loved it! Tay Swift has a lot of talent and always keeps it classy. She doesn't have to dress outrageously or humiliate herself to get attention or stay in the spotlight!
I also loved Iggy's performance of "Black Widow". As you know, I really love her new CD and she looks gorgeous and did an fabulous job rapping!

I didn't really like Beyonce's performance. It lasted way too long and I really just wanted her to stop. She is really talented but her performance was way overly done and lasted (seriously) 15 minutes. I also have only liked about 2 songs that Beyonce has ever released without Destiny's Child, so I wasn't expecting to like her performance anyways. Sorry Beyonce!
Also I had a feeling that Miley Cyrus would do something to be in the spotlight again this year, especially after her sickening performance with Robin Thicke last year (gross!) and I was right. She sent a homeless man on stage to accept her award for Best Video of The Year. I thought he sent out a great message in his speech about awareness of the runaway and homeless population in the USA, but I thought Miley's tears seemed fake. I would have really liked what she did if she haddn't cried all those crocodile tears- actresses can cry on cue and she should have held it together!
So in the spirit of last night's awards show, I have put together some of my favorite performances from the MTV Music Video Awards over the years.

Britney Spears's "Slave 4 U" (2001) (Still my #1 favorite VMA performance of all time!)
Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" (2000)
Christina  Aguilera (feat Fred Durst) "Come on Over" (2000)
(I remember wanting red highlights  and red pants like her's haha!)
Spice Girls "Say You'll Be There" (1997) (I loved them!)
N*Sync's Reunion Performance (2013)


 Britney, Christina and Madonna's Performance (2003)
Lady Gaga "Paparazzi" (2009)- This performance was kind of gross because she acted like she died a gruesome death at the end, but I had to include her because she is such an amazing performer and always puts on a dramatic and artistic show!
The VMAs really aren't what they used to be. It has become less about playing music, singing and dancing and more about a contest between who can shock the audience most, but I always tune in every year. Readers, what did you guys think of the VMAs this year?


Friday, August 22, 2014

TGIF!

Thank goodness its FRIDAY! This has been such a long week. Today I went a little crazy on my lunch break and got three new nail polishes! Woo hoo!

I am liking this new dark polish trend, so I decided to get a navy blue and a gray. I also thought this peach color was nice. I was surprised that Essie didn't really have any colors I liked- but I went with Sally Hansen for all three! The navy blue is #577 Dark Huemer, the gray is #300 Griege, and the peach color is # 380 Peach of Cake.
I am a little bummed out that my boyfriend will be out of town for the weekend, but luckily my best friend Jamie is in town! We will be going to the Mad Decent Block Party tomorrow- which is a big all-day concert in the Gulch in Nashville.

It is going to be 97 degrees tomorrow so I am not sure how much dancing I will be able to do in the heat- but I can't wait to go with a big group of our friends! There are still tickets left so click on the link above if you want to go.
TGIF, readers! Have a fabulous weekend!!
 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Throwback Thursday - The Grove


In honor of Throwback Thursday and the start of football season, I am posting about one of my favorite places-- The Grove!! I was lucky enough to enjoy the Grove for my 4 years at Ole Miss and there is really nothing like it in the world!

The Grove is the legendary tailgating area located at the center of the Ole Miss campus in Oxford, Mississippi. It is 10 acres in size and hosts thousands of Ole Miss tailgaters on the day of home fooball games. The Grove has been a tailgating tradition since the 1950s. Automobiles and RV campers have been banned from The Grove since a rainstorm in 1991 that turned The Grove into a swamp. The cars have been replaced by tents and will have as many as 25,000 fans on game days. Our tailgating is serious business. Many people have chandeliers in their tents and sterling silverware (see below)!  TVs can also sometimes be found in the tents in case you want to watch the game from your tent.

Here are some of my favorite Throwback Thursday pictures from our times in The Grove as students. Our last 2 years there my roommates and I would arrive at midnight each night before the game to set up our tent. Our last year there we arranged for a tent company to set up our tent for us- we tried to always have our tent in the exact same spot for each game. Nowadays people tend to wear the school colors to The Grove (red and blue), but as you can see, back when I was in school there the colors were irrelevant. We would just wear what we would wear to church or a cocktail party. Hotty toddy!






 (Maggie had to do the heisman pose.) 

 








 





(loved this Grove pic of the Tylers- he-Tyler and she-Tyler!)

Happy football season, readers!


Monday, August 18, 2014

You're So Nashville If...

These days it is rare for me to meet someone who is from Nashville. People are usually surprised when they meet me and say "Oh, you're actually FROM Nashville?" Growing up I loved it here, but I never really expected this place to turn into what is now considered an "it city"! It is fun to see once run down areas become flipped into hip and trendy neighborhoods. Nashville Scene had a contest a couple months ago for people to come up with the best "You're So Nashville If.." statement. I didn't enter but it inspired me to come up with a list of my own. See below.


You’re So Nashville If…

You remember when Funscape was in the Green Hills Movie Theater;
You still call CMA Fest “Fan Fair”;
You used to shop at the now abandoned Bellevue Mall and you wish it would reopen;
You went to summer & spring concerts at River Stages and Dancin’ In The District;
You can name at least 3 restaurants that were in the space where Jonathan’s (Green Hills) is;
You remember the 2010 flood and it terrified you- and now you get paranoid whenever it won’t stop raining;
You can remember the old Green Hills mall- with the Nature Company, Sanrio Surprises & the Disney Store;
You saw shows at Starwood and don’t understand why it still won’t reopen;
Growing up in Green Hills the  H.G. Hills /Wendy’s parking lot was a high school hangout area on a Friday night (so random);
When having a conversation about who was somewhere, you still describe groups by what high school they went to- even though you graduated 10+ years ago;
You avoid Broadway unless you have visitors in town;
You went to lazer tag parties at Q-Zar;
You miss the Corner Market!! It was so much better than Bread & Company;
Opry Mills means summers at Opryland and you know it was 1,000,000 times better than a so-so outlet mall!
Nashville readers, do you have anything to add to this list?




Thursday, August 14, 2014

One King's Lane


Lately I have been on a hunt for a fancy cheese plate and I found the perfect one on sale at One King's Lane, shown below:


I ended up ordering it because it was marked down from $71.00 to $45.00 and it is unique and exactly what I have been looking for.
I am so happy I stumbled upon this online store because it is perfect for gifts! If you like high end kitchen and serving supplies, mirrors, furniture, bed and bath supplies, etc., on sale this store is for you. It has stuff much like what you find at Harpeth Gallery or Restoration Hardware in Nashville- but almost everything is way marked down. You can save a lot of money!
I had to practice self-restraint because there were so many things I wanted to buy- see below:
 
Chalk serving tray marked down from $35.00 to $24.00.


Rectangular bamboo serving set: marked down from $37.00 to $24.00.


Appetizer dish- was $30.00 but now is $15.00.

Petal serving tray (above)- was $53.00, now $36.00.


Bamboo bread board: was $48.00, now $32.00.

Dipping bowls- was $38.00, now $24.00.



Starfish pitcher- was $50.00, now $36.00!



Silver chesterfield server: was $80.00, now $55.00.


I really wanted like 90% of everything in this online store. You can find everything above and more here.

Readers, what do you think of this website?



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