favorite things: rhoda from Southern Hospitality

16 November 2010

Welcome to the 2nd day of favorite things! I am thrilled to welcome my fabulous friend, Rhoda of Southern Hospitality, over to my place today. Rhoda is classic, beautiful, wise, and kind. She was one of the first to warmly welcome me into blogging. She shares my love of yard sales and has a thrifty treasures linky party every Monday in the spring and summer. I love the stories the layers in her home tell, and she is not afraid to try new things. Mostly, I love her because she introduced me to beadboard wallpaper! Now, don’t you be go going and calling her Rhonda, it’s R-H-O-D-A, without an “n.” :)
rhoda collage Some of my favorite posts of Rhoda’s are: Finding Your Style, A Salon Wall, and 10 Tips for New Bloggers. I’m also jealous that she got to spend some time on PW’s ranch. rhoda pw
Take it away, Rhoda:

white dishes

1. My very favorite thing to collect for my house at the moment is white dishes. I started this about 3 years ago and have had so much fun adding to the collection. It grew so much that I've had to slow down and not bring anymore home, since I have almost run out of display space. But, I hope to remedy that soon with some cool shelving in my kitchen. The fun of white dishes is mixing them all up and they look fantastic together. You can't tell which ones are yardsale finds (well, most of them are yardsale finds) and which ones could have come from a local store, they all look great together.
Dried hydrangeasIMG_6690
2. My 2 favorite flowers to grow in my garden are hydrangeas and stargazer lilies. I planted both of these a few years ago and they reward me every year with some stunning flowers that I usually bring inside to enjoy. The hydrangeas are always beautiful to dry too and that's another thing that's fun to decorate with.
3. I use lip balm every single night and many times during the day, since my lips just tend to get dry. One of my faves that I found is by Burt's Bees and right now I'm partial to the Pomegranate one, but really any of them are great. Inexpensive as they are, they work well to hydrate those parched lips.
4. I won a giveaway in blogland last year and in my gift pack was Mrs. Meyers dish soap in the Basil scent. I opened it up and started using it and it has the best smell of any dish soap I've ever tried. Now I'm out and haven't stocked up on it again and this reminds me that I must find more Mrs. Meyers to buy. That basil scent is just the best! And no, it doesn't smell like the Basil herb, but has a very distinct and pleasant smell.
5. Every morning, I get up and fix myself one cup of coffee. Not just any ole' cup of coffee, it has to be doctored up just to my liking and that means plenty of vanilla syrup, a little flavored creamer and the finishing touch is frothing some milk with my Frabosk (Made in Italy) creamer that I found for $3 at the Goodwill.
FraboskThat's been the best $3 I have ever spent and this little gadget has made my morning cup of java that much tastier. Mine is a ceramic version, but you can still find them online in stainless steel. Those Italians know a thing or 2 about making coffee. I can hardly drink coffee now without my special little touch of froth on the top, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Bliss, pure bliss!
6. Olay Regenerist Filling Cream - I just started using this last year and have been very happy with it under my makeup. It feels like silk going on and makes my makeup feel better on top. I use Bare Minerals and this stuff feels great to me as a base and I do think it helps with those fine lines, to make them not as noticeable. And believe me, I need all the help I can get in that area. ;)
Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality
Thank you, Rhoda! Just a friendly reminder about the linky party on Friday! We’ll have a giveaway with a favorite thing from each of the guest bloggers this week…favorite things button
What do you think of Rhoda’s favorites? I really need to try Mrs. Meyers basil…anything that will help me get me in the mood to clean!


  1. I love posts like these! Now I have so many new products to try :)

  2. I've heard good things about Mrs. Meyers cleaners. Wonder who might carry it in my area? Rhoda has some good favorites!

  3. Oh, yes, Rhoda is a classy lady. I'm excited to see that she loves hydrangeas and Stargazer lilies. . . those are my two favorites, so maybe that makes me a little bit like Rhoda! Right? Right?? Pretty please!

    A great series, Melissa!

  4. How can you not love Rhoda? She is so classy!

  5. I loved having the chance to meet Rhoda in NYC, she is also quite funny in a dry humor kind of way, which I can really relate to! Love the Burt's Bees lip balm, just bought the same one the other day at Target, my lips are thanking me.

  6. I have always thought she would have a great sense of humor~I would love to meet Rhoda in person. I can't wait to see what you've got in store for the kitchen...and more white dishes!

  7. I LOVE her style. Not stuffy, but effortlessly elegant.

  8. Awww, thank you so much, Melissa!! So fun to be over here with you today. I hope ya'll will try some of these. Ooops, I meant to say my new shelving will be going in the dining room, not the kitchen.

    Thanks to all of you for reading & for your support, this is what makes blogging so much fun.

  9. Oh, and Melissa, I must have corrected you at one point on my name. Ha! :) It happens all the time, so I'm used to it.

  10. How lovely you featured one of my favorites! I adore Rhoda, and how nice to get to know her just a little bit more.

  11. This is such a fun post. How wonderful to get to know Rhoda a little better.

    Plus I share her love for white dishes. My collection is slowly growing!

  12. Rhoda: No, you've never corrected me, but I've seen others call you Rhonda, so I just wanted to clear it up :)


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