The Tradition Continues

About six years ago, my sister and I started a tradition of meeting my mom in Louisville, KY, going to the spa, shopping (of course), eating a nice dinner and staying in a hotel for a night.  Normally we do this the Saturday before Mother's Day.  However, this year, that fell on Derby day.  There was not a hotel to be found that day.  So we postponed it until this past Saturday.  

We got a late start on Saturday due to kids' activities, so we had to skip the spa.  However, we managed to squeeze in some shopping and dinner.  Since the night was still young, we decided to go see Bridesmaids.  I haven't laughed that hard in a long time!  You must go see it.  

We got up Sunday morning and headed to the well known "Lynn's Paradise Cafe".  Apparently, it's well known to everyone but me.  I just found out about it on Friday night.  It was a kitschy joint with tons of character and great food.  

That's my mom and my little sis.

Me, my mom and my sister. 

After brunch, my sister had to head back home, but I was determined to get my full 24 hours worth of free time, so my mom and I headed to a huge antique mall in Louisville.  Going to antique malls is one of my favorite things to do, but this place was so big, I actually got tired of looking about half way through.  

I snapped some pictures of a few things I fell for. 
This wingback has a great slim shape and I love the burberry inspired fabric. 

I didn't love the price tag. 

A long bamboo console was at the top of my "lusting after" list today.  It has a marble top and it was in great condition.  It was only $295, but I just couldn't pull the trigger. Pretty sure that baby wasn't fitting in my husband's 4 dour Acura sedan either.  Just wasn't meant to be.  

I loved this green metal coffee table with a carrera marble top. Kind of funky and classy at the same time. 

I'm sure you've picked up on the fact that I love lamps by now.  
How cool would two of these be next to your bed.  

This brass one was beautiful.  I am digging brass these days.   

This finish on this cabinet is a little too primitive for my liking,
but the size of it and all the little drawers really appealed to me. 

Lastly, well, the last picture I took before my camera battery died, is this chunky table.  
So many things to love about this, the color, the legs and the light wood top.  

It was a very memorable trip. I'm so glad we started this tradition and I can't wait until next year. 
Maybe one of these years when my daughter and my sister's daughters are a bit older, they can tag along (or maybe not).  It is kind of nice to have my mom all to ourselves for a change.  

What about you guys, do you have any traditions like that?  I would love to hear about them.  


  1. What a fun trip and soooo special! Love the cafe, too cute!!

  2. I came across your blog today and am really enjoying it! I love your tradition of spending quality time with your mom and sister! I too, used to do that...and it brings back special memories. My mom and my 3 sisters and myself went to a cabin in the mountains for 2 nights each year, until sadly my dear mama passed away (she was a grama but not so old) Cherish your time spent together...

  3. New FOLLOWER!!
    Somehow happened across your blog :)
    Love your style!!

    I lived in Lexington KY when I was younger, and came back for college, where I met my fiance' who is originally from Louisville!!
    We now live in Oklahoma (Army) and are getting ready to move to NC.
    But I will tell you- one thing I miss SOOOO MUCH in Kentucky is

    The decor is amazing, the gift shop is too much fun, and the food is absolutely fabulous.

    Your post made me miss KY!



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