Tell Me Something : Athena in the Middle

Town or Country?
Country (but not music)

Music or Books?
Music (bc i love to dance -- anywhere and everywhere)

Perfect day - shopping/spa or doing absolutely nothing?
Shopping and Spa

London, Paris, New York or Sydney?
NYC, baby

Bread or Cake?
CAKE - hello!!!! Pastry Chef here.

....this is Summer, isn't she beautiful? 

McDreamy or McSteamy?

Romantic Hero or Action Hero?
Action Hero (capes are cool)

Prince William or Prince Harry?

Catherine or Pippa?
Pippa (for her name)

Heels or favourite winter boots?
Winter Boots

French chic or Italian sex appeal?
French chic with a twist of Boho

Chocolate or Coffee?

Great shoes or gorgeous underwear?

Pedicure, manicure or massage?

Talk it out or keep it to yourself?
Talk it out...sometimes too much.

Karaoke - first to sing, last to sing or absolutely-no-way-not-ever?
I let others go first then I sneak in somewhere in the middle.

1. One beauty product or routine that you would recommend or can't live without?

2. One book you would recommend to anyone or that you love and often return to?
The Road

3. One item that you would take to a desert island (can't be a person!)?
IPod with a battery that uses the sun as an energy source

4. One life-changing moment?
losing my fallopian tube and almost my life through an ectopic & my father passing from cancer after fighting hard to get to the remission stage.

5. One movie that makes you cry every time?
Waking Ned Devine

6. Who would play the handsome hero in the movie of your life?
Christian Bale in his American Psycho, although he was not so much a hero but very handsome!

7. How long have you known your oldest friend?
32 years

8. Your favourite book/movie/song?
Book - The Road
Movie - The Dark Crystal (this movie terrified me as a child but I am obsessed with it now)
Song - It's a tie --- The Sunshine Song by Jason Mraz bc my dad and I loved that song/Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison - Daddy sang that to me and we danced to it at my wedding and If You Run by The Boxer Rebellion

9. Three dream cities you have yet to visit?
Auckland, New Zealand; Cairo, Egypt; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Summer is studying at night school to be a pastry chef...this photo of her makes me smile :)

10. Three things still on your bucket list?
Sky-dive, climb a mountain, find complete inner peace

11. School days - happy or sad, good or bad memories?
Grammar School = bad bc I was teased and called the Jolly Green Giant.
High school - good and funny.

12. What - or who - always makes you feel better on those more challenging days?
My kitty boys -- Oliver and Tabasco

13. Recommend a blog to us?

14. Happier now than you were at 20....honestly?!
I cannot really say happier, but wiser for sure.
I believe happiness comes and goes throughout your whole life and I try not to compare the old days to the new.
There is plenty of happiness to go around and if I cannot find it, I make it.

Please describe yourself in ONE WORD ONLY :)
-- all that and the kitchen sink. kidding! resilient

And finally, what is the one thing you know for sure?
Life is too short to be unhappy.

I met Summer Bailey Brown (as I like to call her as it's such a lovely name!) through her blog
Athena in the Middle last year and we just connected.
We met in fact when her Daddy - Daddy Butch - was very ill with cancer.
Summer is in NYC and her Daddy was in Louisiana...
Something about the situation and the way Summer wrote about Daddy Butch touched me and I wrote about them here and here ....
Summer had started a "Dollar for Daddy" plan and through my blog, so many of you wrote to Daddy Butch and supported Summer and her family, it was amazing....

Unfortunately, Daddy Butch passed away on October 24 last year....Summer has had an unbelievably hard time.

She is though the most positive - and yes, resilient, girl - you can literally see her pushing herself forward to her goals and dreams.
She writes a great and very honest blog and I am just very fond of her, I know she's a special and very inspiring girl.
She deserves great things.
Thanks so much for writing this for me Summer XX


  1. Love that saying! Definitely need that right now :)

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  2. Most delicious looking sweets I have seen! and off to check out Summer's posts. Hope you are well!

  3. I so enjoyed this post. I met Summer when she was in high school. I was just a little girl, but she left an everlasting impression on me. I still remember her dancing to "Great Balls of Fire" during a performance at an event my mother helped host. She has that magnetic personality you just cannot help but love. Thanks for sharing! XoXo

  4. SIMONE!


    You are the best person in the world. NO lie.

  5. Great interview and great blog! Summer is the most wonderful person!

  6. Wonderful post! Summer is someone who inspires me on a regular basis and who made my transition to NY much easier. :-)

  7. so fun to meet you summer!

  8. Consider me your newest follower! An avid lover of athena in the middle must be a girl after my own heart!!!!

  9. Awwww . . . Summer is one of my bffs. :) So fun to read her answers here, and nice to "meet" you!

  10. Oh, I wrote to Daddy touched I was by Summer's plea...and because I live just "down the road" from where he lived. RIP, Daddy Butch. Love Summer's responses. She sounds like the kind of girl it would be fun to spend time with (pardon the dangling preposition).

  11. That cake! And that cupcake :) So incredibly stunning. I love love love it!

  12. I’ve just stumbled upon your lovely blog. I look forward to popping by again for some more inspiration! I'm just new into blogging this year & have put together a daily blog on design, fashion, food, travel and anything pretty. and for everything chic and coastal

    I had a lot of fun putting them together maybe you would like to check them out if you have a spare minute.

  13. I love me some Summer!!
    Isn't she amazing??
    Looking forward to reading more on your blog!!

  14. loved reading this! its funny american psycho was on tv last night here and i said to my boyfriend how different christian bale looked in that movie than in batman! still such a hottie....


  15. adore her! great post ;-) she is inspiring and I feel the same way about making your own happiness. It will always come and go.


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