The moment I accepted my life was a beautiful, chaotic, sometimes a little-messy-but-always-entertaining circus was the moment I felt a true release.

There's no sense in fighting the madness, but I've picked up a few tricks to keep the show going along the way.

I hope they work as well for you as they have [and still do] for me.

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sassy starter : farewell sweet summer

Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language

– Henry James



Labor Day in the U.S. generally marks the end of Summer. And while the salt never leaves the air in this city by the sea, and the beaches are always welcoming me, I can’t help but feel a ping of sadness as this season comes to a close. This Summer has been quite the memorable one. I must say, I believe I quite readily agree with Mr. James. Summer Afternoon might be one of the most lovely phrases ever uttered. If not for it’s sheer implications, but for it’s power to evoke memories of late nights, lots of laughter, too much bubbly, being silly, being scandalous, being care free, and feeling absolutely 100% alive.

But alas – it’s time to pack those sweet, sultry memories in a box as Fall will soon be sweeping in with many a change in store. Before you know it we will be welcoming Winter’s arrival and the Holiday Season. And so, dear sweet Summer Afternoons, I bid you adieu until we meet again. Thank you for another wonderful season, and all the memories that came along with it.


When you need a little more than a smile or a cup of tea to get your week in motion, the Sassy Starter will be here every Monday to get your wheels turnin’ in a classy – sassy – fabulous sort of way.


  1. Lou Mello
    September 5, 2011

    Yes, it’s true that summer is winding down and Labor Day really marks it in our minds that it’s time for Fall with school, football, and upcoming crisp nights.

    I think my favorite time of the year in the Lowcountry is October, the temps are great, the nights have a little coolness to them and the sky is that gorgeous sharp blue that we rarely see in the summer.

    Love the old time beach scene photo, outstanding!!

  2. Vanessa@Luxuria
    September 5, 2011

    Lovely post and image. Yes, it is sad to wave goodbye to summer, but summer is SO long here in Spain. I am so looking forward to some fresher weather.


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