Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Sunshine Award

Thank you to Katie from one of my favorite blogs,
for nominating me for a Sunshine Award!
Katie has prepared ten questions for her nominees to answer,
and then I get to come up with ten questions of my own
to ask the ten bloggers that I nominate.
Here are my questions from Katie....
1. What was my biggest decorating blooper?
My biggest decorating blooper was the first sofa I picked out.
I saw a beautiful pink and green chintz sofa in a gorgeous (and large)
cottage on a golf course and decided that I must have the same sofa.
The problem is that I was living in a tiny apartment and the sofa was
MUCH too large and the print was MUCH too busy for such a small space.
I had this lovely sofa for quite awhile....learned my lesson to decorate using others
as an inspiration, and not to copy them.
Lovely view out the window, with pretty chintz fabric furniture.
This is not my sofa...but it was very similar...and very BIG.
2.What is my favorite movie and song of all time?
Hmmm...that is a hard one....I would have to say my favorite movie is
Something's Gotta Give
and my favorite song would be
Madonna's "Cherish" from 1989...
...because it reminds me of the best years of college and my sorority sisters.
3.If I wrote a memoir, what would the title be?
The title of my memoir would be
"Hold On"
This has been a motto of mine for many years now...
there have been many rough patches in my life and I always remind myself to
Hold On...because it will eventually pass.
4.What has been one of my most embarrassing moments?
Believe it or not, my MOST embarrassing moment happened when I was six.
(I have had many, many since then, but this stands out in my mind)
I was in first grade at recess and we used to play "chase"
where the girls would run around the entire perimeter of the playground,
and the boys would chase them.
So I was running and running and running, oblivious to all of the playground chatter
 until I heard the bell to come in...
and I ran straight to my teacher, who quickly pulled me to her and wrapped me in her coat.
It seems my wrap around skirt
(those in my age group will know what that is)
had unwrapped at some point during our game of chase
and I had been running around the playground
in my pink panties.
From that day on, I wore shorts under my skirts and dresses every day in elementary school.
Lovely....I had strawberries all over mine.
5.What is my biggest regret?
I must preface this by saying that most of my "regrets"
come with a "lesson learned"
Sooo...if I am perfectly honest, my biggest regret is not leaving my first marriage sooner.
It took me a long time to get to the point where I realized
that the problem in my marriage was not just me,
and that my circumstances would never change unless I got divorced.
I primarily stayed for my kids...I wanted them to have a picture perfect childhood.
The problem with that plan, however, is that they had a mother
who was becoming emotionally vacant and extremely stressed.
The other problem is that I was not modeling to my children
what a GOOD and HEALTHY marriage looked like...
one that was full of respect, trust, and most importantly love.
And THAT is not a picture perfect childhood.
I finally decided that I would be a better mother to my children as a single mother.
Looking back, I should have left much sooner and I would have saved myself a lot of pain.
That said, I learned a lot about myself and am a stronger and wiser person because of it.
6. If I was awarded an all expense paid vacation for two weeks, where would I go?
I would go sailing in Tahiti with my husband and stay in one of these little huts.
7. How many homes have I lived in and which is my favorite?
Well....counting from when I was born, I think I have lived in 18 homes.
My favorite home, without a doubt, is my current home.
8. If I could sit next to any famous celebrity on a five hour flight, who would it be?
Clinton Kelly from
"What Not To Wear" and "The Chew"
I love him and find him hilarious...I would love to pick his brain about food and fashion.
9. What would your friends say are your three best qualities?
Loyal, Resilient, and Compassionate.
They would also say preppy!
10. Why do I blog?
I was hoping to create a network of "cyber friends"
though my blogging and I have done just that.
 I have met many fabulous women through my blog, Suburban Charm.
And now my nominees!!!
These ladies are all very talented, classy, women, who have fabulous blogs!
To those I nominate, I realize that you have VERY busy lives,
and understand if you would rather refrain from participating.
You may choose to just answer the questions and not nominate anyone else.
Here are the rules:

1. Include the award logo in a post or on your blog.
2. Link to the person who nominated you.
3. Answer 10 questions about yourself and write 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
4. Nominate 10 bloggers to receive the award.
5. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.

Lobster Meets Peach

Always In A Southern State Of Mind

Small and Chic in C'ville

Preppy and Proud Of It!

Nautical by Nature

The Pink Pagoda

Monograms and Manicures

The Glam Pad

Miss Southern Prep 

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore

 Here are your questions:
1. Who is your biggest inspiration when it comes to decorating?
2. What clothing shop is your favorite?
3. What is your "comfort food"?
4.What is your most cherished possession?
5. Current Lipstick color?
6. If your luggage got lost on a week long trip, what three things would you have to purchase
in order to survive the week?
7. Favorite tote bag to use?
8. Most recent "splurge" purchase?
9. What charity is most dear to your heart?
10. Best piece of advice from a lesson you have learned in life.
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Caroline said...

I'm going to answer the questions, because I know you'd love to know what your daughter would answer!!!
1. My biggest decorating inspiration is you and Mumsie.
2. My favorite clothing shop---definitely Lilly Pulitzer, and not because it's all the rage right now, but because you've dressed me in it since I was 1 day old, and I don't know life any other way.
3. My comfort food is either Mac and Cheese, brownies, or MC's chocolate chip pancakes...when I'm really down in the dumps, the pancakes shaped like Mickey Mouse.
4.My most cherished possession is the box of cards my family have written me over the years, including the notes you and Mumsie wrote me to read on the night of my initiation into Gamma Phi Beta.
5. I still think I'm too young for lipstick...but I'm loving that Burts Bees Pomegranate Chapstick we bought at Target! I also love Clinique chubby stick. Need to grab one of those when I'm home for Thanksgiving!!
6. I would buy a pair of Nike Shorts, a t-shirt, and sneakers. And of course, you would be with me, and have all the toiletries for the entire family, so I wouldn't have to worry about a toothbrush, hairbrush etc.
in order to survive the week?
7. My favorite tote bag right now is either my large Longchamp I bought this summer in Gunmetal, or my Marc Jacobs Tate Tote that I use for my schoolbag.
8. My most recent splurge purchase.....the 5 dollar already cut strawberries I bought from Target yesterday....life of a college girl on a budget. If we're getting technical, I guess my new iPhone 5S!
9. I hold Girls on the Run most closely to my heart because it is Gamma Phi's philanthropy and I think it is so important for young girls to have positive role models in their lives.
10. Every piece of advice you've ever given me has been the best advice I've ever received.

Love you more than you'll ever know Mommy!!! See you in a month and 14 days!

Nancy said...

you're very sweet to nominate me :) loved reading your responses above...will work on mine today :)

Simply LKJ said...

Loved learning more about you!!!

Andrea said...

Oh my goodness, thank you so much for the nomination! I am so very flattered!! I loved reading your responses and learning more about you! :)

The Glam Pad

Katie Clooney said...

BRAVO Christine!!! What a fabulous job! I feel like I know you a little better. Love your answer about your first marriage. I imagine many women in that position are reading it. Love your questions too, by the way.

Lobster Meets Peach said...

Thank you so very much for nominating my blog. I feel very honored! And I just love how your daughter "played" along too :)

slip4 said...

These questions are fun. I found you when Small and Chic answered them! I love your embarrassing moment story because I have one almost exactly like it, except my wraparound skirt fell off as I walked away from my chair....in my high school cafeteria! Thank goodness my mother made me put on a half slip before leaving the house...a point of contention that was on-going! My afternoon history class teacher called on me "yes, Gypsy Rose?" Hahaha. I survived it somehow :)

Kate said...

Thank you for the award!

Nancy said...

HI! I didn't know if I was allowed to nominate you back so I'm putting you as number 11 on my list:


Was wondering if you could answer the questions I posted? No pressure :)

Miss Southern Prep said...

Thank you so much! I am sorry it has taken me SO long to do this, but I'll be posting about it Wednesday!

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