top 10 of 2012

Dear B&B readers,

With 2013 now upon us, I want drop you a little thank you note for your dedication in 2012. Since Bitsy & Boo’s launch five months ago, it has accrued more than 10,000 page views. In terms of blog metrics, that doesn’t amount to much, especially when you consider the fact that some of the major lifestyle blogs out there receive over 100,000 page views each day.

But in terms of Rebecca Alexander, 10,000 page views amounts to a lot. A lot of excitement for B&B’s future, a lot of determination to continue bringing you compelling content, and, most of all, a lot of gratitude. To those friends, family members and readers I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet, I’m so grateful for you. Taking precious time out of your day to check out Bitsy & Boo’s latest offerings means more than you know.

With that said, I’d like to present you with a recap of Bitsy & Boo’s ten most popular posts in 2012.

1. Remembering Amanda Judice

Amanda Judice & Rebecca Alexander

2. Best Dressed: Beaux Arts Ball

Best-Dressed-Beaux-Arts

3. Southern Weddings Feature

southern-wedding-rose-petal-toss-exit

4. Bachelorette Questionnaire

Bachelorette party game questions

5. LSU Gameday Shirts

LSU Gameday Shirts :: http://www.bitsyandboo.com/

6. I Do Bridal Couture

I Do Bridal :: bitsyandboo.com

7. BUST

BUST Hartley/Vey Theatre

8. Gameday Chic

Gameday Apparel 5 :: http://www.bitsyandboo.com/

9. Nisolo Shoes

Nisolo Shoe Company

10. La Marquise Week, day 2

Elizabeth and James Bridgitte Dress // Rachel Zoe Marianna Jacket // Joie Bright Fire Boots // Hoss orange clutch // Elizabeth and James Crescent Sunglasses

Thank you again B&B readers! I can’t wait to highlight effortlessly chic style, sensational recipes, thought-provoking profiles and more in 2013.

Best wishes and happy new year,

Rebecca Alexander

Quote of the day:

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier…'” –Alfred Tennyson

restore your faith in humanity

First responders carry people across the top of the levee from Plaquemines Parish to St. Bernard Parish as Hurricane Isaac sends powerful winds and rain through the area on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Photo by Chris Granger, Nola.com / The Times-Picayune)

First responders carry people across the top of the levee from Plaquemines Parish to St. Bernard Parish as Hurricane Isaac sends powerful winds and rain through the area on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Photo by Chris Granger, Nola.com / The Times-Picayune)

“23 Louisiana Photos that will restore your faith in humanity”  is a photo essay that my fellow community engagement specialist Maggie Calmes published this morning (view all of the photos and captions by clicking here). The photo compilation aptly reflects on some of state’s more uplifting and poignant moments in 2012. A spirit-boosting sensation struck me at the sight of more than one photo and its respective caption. I’m sharing a link to the photo essay here in hopes that it may give you that same, much-needed boost.

Do you have any uplifting photos from 2012 that you’d like to share? Shoot me an email with the image attached and I’ll promptly add it to this post. We can get our own photo essay started.

Quote of the day:

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” –Mahatma Gandhi

connecticut school shooting

Today’s school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, with 27 dead, 20 of which were children, marks the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007. You can see the AP’s coverage of the story here.

I had a cutesy post put together for you, showcasing the highlights from Michael and I’s big New Orleans weekend, but I simply cannot put it up today. I cannot happily reminisce about a holiday trip when tragic history is in the making. The country’s mood is far too solemn. So is mine.

All I have today are mournful thoughts and wistful prayers, for those whose lives were lost as well as their friends and families. They must now try to carry on in a world that I can only imagine seems far more grim and much less hopeful.

Connecticut School Shooting

Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following school shooting there Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

*Photo courtesy of The Newtown Bee

southern weddings feature

Oh snap! Magnolia Pair’s stunning photos from my sister’s wedding are being featured on Southern Weddings today! See full coverage on the fabulous affair by clicking here.

Not only was it exciting to read Caroline and John’s story “in print,” but it also reawakened many wonderful memories from the wedding weekend, including, but not limited to, listening to Caroline and John’s closest friends and family affirm them at the rehearsal dinner, hanging out at the Monteleone all day with the bridesmaids, feeling a sense of proud servitude as I carried her veil, seeing my father place Caroline’s hand in John’s at the ceremony, watching my mother take the dance floor by storm with a tambourine at the reception, and, most importantly, witnessing Caroline marry John, her perfect match if there ever was one.

P.S. – Check it out! On full display at the reception was the signature cocktail that Caroline asked me to concoct. It’s the Starlight Royale cocktail that I made during Bitsy & Boo’s Drink Week, which was renamed “The Sparkling Rose” to better fit the reception theme.


remembering amanda judice

Amanda and I, freshman year of college, at our first Pine Pal Party.

In what seems to be becoming a daily, morning ritual, I checked my Facebook News Feed last Thursday to see that day’s list of birthdays, and there it was. Her name. Amanda Judice. She would have been 24-years-old.

Amanda’s birthday indubitably sneaks up on me from year-to-year, and from year-to-year, my reaction remains the same. I am instantly overwhelmed. Physically, it’s a heart-dropping, stomach-churning, brain-warping thing to see her name there in the birthday list. A total shock to the system. Emotionally, sadness and despair mingle with fear—fear that I’m not devoting enough time to friends and family; fear that I’m not doing enough for others; fear that, instead of traveling the world or doing something truly worthwhile, I’m sitting at a desk in an office. It is a basic and very real fear of squandering the good health and life I’ve been so tremendously blessed with.

But then a photo of her brings me back. Amanda’s senior picture is taped to my bathroom mirror, so she greets me every morning when I get ready. Her image translates those fears and doubts to motivation, inspiring me to make the most of my day, to call my mother and tell her I love her, to complain a little less, and to only take on endeavors that I’m truly passionate about.

As you might surmise, Amanda and I weren’t close to the point that I had her birthday filed away in my hectic brain. Many people out there knew her better and perhaps even loved her more. I wish I could record everyone’s memories of Amanda and store them in a universally accessible location. How beautiful would that be? I use the word “beautiful” because Amanda was just that—breathtakingly beautiful inside and out. I feel very confident in assuming that each person’s recollections of her would be filled with light, laughter, nostalgia and every positive description in between. Having gone to school with her from the age of five to twenty-two, I can safely say that my time spent with Amanda falls under one, if not all, of those adjectives. Girl Scout meetings, birthday parties and after-school trips to Maggie Moo’s gave way to high school dances, sorority exchanges and one extremely fun trip to Lake Bruin.

And while Severe Aplastic Anemia took her life in February of 2010, she still adamantly lives within us—those individuals fortunate enough to have known her or be affiliated with her in some way. Her Facebook profile is one mere demonstration of this, as a heart-warming and heart-wrenching collage of birthday wishes and photos engulfs her Timeline.

Amanda’s legacy is further animated through a new outlet: the Amanda Judice Delta Omega/LSU Memorial Scholarship, set up through the Tri Delta Foundation. Allocating funds on a merit and financial need basis, this scholarship will provide support for undergraduate members of the LSU Tri Delta chapter. I think Amanda would be supremely pleased to know that her life and legacy will aid her fellow Tri Delta sisters for years to come. If you’d like to donate, click here and select the “Undergraduate” option.

So Amanda, if you’re listening, let me just say that I miss you and I think about you often. I’m sure you get that a lot, but I’d like to think that every time someone tells you they miss you or love you, it’s a prayer, simply asking God to take care of you.

Quote of the day:

“A friend who dies, it’s something of you who dies.” –Gustave Flaubert

sister’s wedding, sneak peak

It happened! My sister Caroline is now married and off to Italy with her wonderful new husband for their honeymoon. As guests lined the street with sparklers in City Park to send off the bride and groom, I found myself linking arms with my mother, tears quickly forming in both our eyes. We understood that my sister wasn’t just leaving her wedding reception. She was walking into a new life, one where her most important role is not that of daughter or sister, but wife. This shift necessitates a shift in Caroline’s priorities and decision-making process. What’s best for her and John–her new family–rightly takes precedence over what’s best for our family as a whole. But not to worry, our tears were far more celebratory than sorrowful, for this transition is easy to embrace when your new brother-in-law, or son-in-law in my mother’s case, is so lovable.

I’m really looking forward to sharing an entire collage of wedding photos with you, but it’s been a very long weekend, so for now, I’ll leave you with a sneak peek. See you on Wednesday with a hump day treat!

Wedding gown by Reem Acra // Bridesmaid dresses by Amsale // Flowers by Meade Wenzel // Hair by Ginger Dickey of Color Bar Salon and Nicole Pigeon // Makeup by Andrea Nicole Simmons

Quote of the day: 

“A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.” –Marion C. Garretty