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Five on Friday


February 7, 2014

ONE. Mimi is on Permanent Vacation
This week was a great one as there have been some big, life changing things going on in our family and today I am so excited to share the news that Mimi has officially retired!! My role model, rock, constant champion, and incredible mother is now officially done with her full-time career. She has poured her heart and soul into her work and now it’s time for her to sit back, relax, and enjoy some much deserved time off.
I have to take a minute to brag on Mimi for she had so many co-workers telling her how they appreciated her, valued her advice and support, and how much they would miss her. She traveled to South America a few weeks ago for her last big work trip to hand off her responsibilities and she came back grinning from ear to ear, telling us they had made a slideshow for her, and had put their customers on the phones on hold so that they could give her a standing ovation. Talk about going out on top! I am so proud of you Mom… though I might miss our in-between conference call talk sessions, I am even more excited for more quality time together with you and your grandbabies.

TWO. Friendly Funnies

I saw this little snapshot on Pinterest last week and it made me laugh, because it’s oh so true. Sometimes I think it’s funny how God brings people into our lives at the most random times, but I guess it’s like a blind date when you meet a new friend and you decide that’s the one you want to be with. Friendship is SUCH a blessing!
THREE. Music City Masquerade
We have the Junior League of Nashville Music City Masquerade black tie event coming up next month and of course I’m already browsing online to find the perfect ensemble for the big gala. I am so excited to get all dressed up, put my hubby in a tux, and spend the night with some of our best friends drinking and dancing the night away…they are even having the band we had for our wedding (Scat Springs) so I know it will be a fantastic time!! Given the fact we rarely get to do things like this, I definitely want to buy a fun gown with lots of details. These are some of my favorites so far: (however, I need a sale to come ASAP, I’m not paying that much money for a dress…mama is on a budget)

FOUR. Bathroom Progress
I know, I haven’t officially done an entire house tour yet, but that’s probably because we have been under renovation since the moment we closed on our house. We started with two bathroom redos and are inching our way to being done…thank the Lord. It’s been constant dust, loud noises, selecting hardware/lighting/paint/wallpaper, and I am ready to have these spaces complete. Here is a little snapshot of the current state of our powder room on the main floor…sure, it looks plain here, but after next week, it’s going to look MUCH different. I went with a bold wallpaper design, classic sconces, a fun sink console, and of course, a mini chandelier…stay tuned for the fun reveal!!

FIVE. Alcohol Slushie…Yes Please!
It’s been a rough week, no doubt, and with more horrid winter temps lurking in our not too distant future, this drink concoction is calling my name like none other. Follow this link for the recipe to make this yummy Vodka Lemonade Slushie. 

Happy weekend friends!! Be sure to link up with your fabulous Five on Friday posts below and check out Darci, April, and Christina’s blogs to see what they’re sharing, too.

  1. So much to say, but the last thing I read was "alcohol slushie", so clearly my mind is stuck on that!!! 😉

    – HAPPY super long vacation to your mama!! I haven't met her, but she seems like such a lovely person! You are blessed, friend. Congrats to her on this big milestone. I bet y'all have a lot of fun days ahead with Mimi available on the weekdays now! 🙂

    – Those dresses are gorgeous!

    – Friends… oh, so true!

    Happy weekend ahead. I heart you.

  2. That slushie, oh my!!! Perfection!! And congrats to your mama!


  3. Congrats to your mom! And both of those dresses are amazing!!

  4. Congrats on retirement for your mama!! That's a BIG deal!! Happy friday!

  5. How exciting for your mom! Tell her congrats from me! And those dresses are beautiful….can't wait to see what you pick!

  6. Jess Norden says:

    I cannot wait to see the bathroom reveal!! I know it will be amazing. 🙂

    And, I am so jealous you get to dress up for a black-tie event!! I LOVE any excuse to get dolled up…maybe I will have to find something for us to go to!! Haha

    Have a great weekend!!

  7. Jessica says:

    You should check out Rent the Runway for your Masquerade ball gown!! They have such beautiful dresses and such good prices!

  8. Lauren says:

    Well I believe I've found a new beach drink…!

  9. Dawn says:

    Love both of those dresses!! We will have ShutterBooth at the JL Masquerade again this year! I'm not sure if I will be there…but my hubby may be! 🙂

  10. Congrats to your mom!! & The gala sounds like it will be so much fun! I love both of those dresses & no doubt you will rock whatever you choose! Have a great weekend!!

  11. A vodka lemonade slushie….sounds like a drink that will be a must have for summer 🙂 Happy Weekend and congrats to your Mom and family…how exciting! Xx.

  12. Congrats to your mom!!!! Both of those dresses are gorgeous! And I can't wait to see what you all have been up to in the house. From the few pics I've seen the house looks beautiful!
    Xx Happy Weekend!

  13. Ashley says:

    Congrats to your mom!! That is amazing that they gave her a standing ovation. That must have been the best feeling ever. The masquerade sounds so much fun. I've never been to anything like that. It would be sooo much fun to get all dressed up. The black dress is my favorite! Happy Friday!

    Ashley, Married to the Game

  14. Happy Friday, Natasha!
    I just had to pin that friendship quote and send to my friend. What a blessing it is to have good friends! Hope all goes well with the bathroom remodel…can't wait to see pics!


  15. I'm pretty sure I saw the Imogen Tulle Insert Dress on Rent the Runway…you might consider doing that for the Junior League Ball. I'm renting my first gown for a black tie wedding this weekend…hope it's a success! Good luck finding the perfect gown!

  16. Cat says:

    I vote for the lace gown for your gala!


  17. I am excited to be linking up for the first time! However, I have been a long time follower. I don't recall if you have ever mentioned what Mimi did for her career. It would be interesting to hear what she did.

  18. That gala sounds so fun!! I second checking out Rent the Runway for a formal dress, there are some really pretty options and its way cheaper than buying a dress you may never wear again!

  19. How exciting that you get to wear a gown! I love them both!


  20. Meredith says:

    Congrats to your Momma!!! Enjoy retirement!!! Love the dress, but WOW the price. lol, I do love the black lace gown though and the price wasn't near what the other one was. lol Can't wait to see your bathroom redos, i'm in the process of redoing my kitchen, WOW so much work and so many choices. lol

  21. Definately should check out "Rent The Runway", SO great for a formal function, without having to invest major $!!! Have had great great luck with them!

  22. What a great tribute to your mama… and, hello, built in babysitter now, right? =) Loving that black dress…black tie, how fun! I also just wanted to say thank you for hosting this awesome link-up – I've "met" so many amazing bloggers because of it and appreciate you guys!

  23. I would LOVE to attend a black tie event…just for the the dress! haha those gowns are stunning…and I could use a stiff vodka slushie after this week too 😉 Happy Friday girly!

  24. Natalie says:

    I second the girls who say check out rent the runway. I have a black tie event tomorrow night and that's what I did!

  25. The gala will be a blast … can't wait for pics!
    And speaking of pics — I know your powder room reveal will be amazing, yay for fun wallpaper!

  26. Yes! Rent the Runway is fantastic! I tried them over Christmas while in Vegas and needed a fun outfit for the Britney concert. I can't say enough good things about them. But if you must buy, the black one would be the winner.

  27. Mimi sounds great. What does Mimi do for a career to be able to make trips to Africa? That's awesome. Have a great weekend!

  28. Ashley P says:

    the dresses are beautiful. you mom sounds like a total catch. I love that quote about friends – its so true. I can't wait to see you bathroom reveal and seriously no bathroom is complete without a chandy!!

    you can find me blogging about "Life on the Parsons Farm" : atparsons.blogspot.com

  29. Jess says:

    Wow, that black dress is STUNNING! Can't wait to see what you end up wearing!

  30. That vodka lemon slushy has me wishing for summertime!! Have a great weekend!

  31. Lindsay says:

    I love that black dress! And I definitely agree with everyone else, use Rent the Runway. It's the best!!

  32. Hey Natasha! This is my first time visiting the blog! I absolutely love that black dress! So beautiful! Have a great weekend!

  33. Jackie says:

    I love the black lace dress! And I live in Nashville too 🙂

  34. the slushie looks divine, on my list for poolside this summer.

  35. Huge congrats to your mom! What an achievement to have made such a great name for herself and to finally get to retire!! Isn't that just what we all want? I can't wait to see the bathroom reveal and the wallpaper! I love the lace dress btw!

  36. Jodi says:

    Congrats to your mom! And I want that vodka slushie!

  37. Ashley says:

    LOVE the first dress–gorgeous!

  38. That is so exciting about your Mom! Congrats to her! Those dresses are beautiful and those slushies look delicous! Is it too early inthe morning to have one?! Haha. Looking forward to seeing the progress of your renovations! 🙂

  39. Jen Pogue says:

    Awww congrats on your Mom's retirement! It will be so neat for you to be able to spend more time with her. Your friendship quote is hilarious and so true!! The second dress is my favorite…I love how it's so classic!

  40. What beautiful dresses! I cannot decided which I like more, the black or the coral. You will have to keep us updated on the one you pick. And happy retirement to your mom! I know that must be so exciting for her to have all the relaxation time she wants now! Happy weekend, xo Alyssa at Southern Abundance

  41. Can't wait to see the bathroom!!

    Those slushies sound delish!

  42. Lauren W says:

    That black lace dress is absolutely STUNNING! The gala sounds like it would be so much fun – and how sweet that it's the same band you had for your wedding. Hope you come across a sale 🙂

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