Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Guest Post: Micaela in Memphis!

Today's guest post was written by my dear blogging friend Micaela. She always wears her heart on her sleeve, this girl, and is just the sweetest person you could hope to meet (and one day, I really do hope to meet her!) Be sure to visit her blog and get to know her. You'll love her, I promise! Thanks, M, for writing this...


Hello sweet readers of Pughs' News! It’s Micaela here of Dolce Vita happily keeping you company while our Erin is enjoying a much-awaited trip to England with her darling boys (which includes Alan!). I am SO HAPPY for them to get to spend time with their family and jealous she gets to meet Cassie! I can’t wait to hear about that beautiful blog meet up!

I was very honored to be asked to guest post while she’s away.

She asked us to share with you lovies a favorite summer vacation memory. I instantly thought of one place: GRACELAND.

Sure it isn’t London or even Italy (my heaven on earth) but it was a HUGE life list of mine checked off last summer when my darling fiancĂ© surprised me on our road trip home from meeting his parents in Virginia.

It was very well the surprise of a lifetime.

I am the girl who wrote my high school thesis on Elvis Presley. When I hear “Return to Sender” I HAVE to sing along and think of my Momma because it’s our song. If you haven’t read “Elvis and Me” by Priscilla you must. This love for the King was given to me by my Mom who grew up pretty poor in the Philippines but would always save her lunch money when a new Elvis film was out. It’s a love she passed on to me, something we share. When I moved to Virginia in January to be with my fiancĂ©, my Momma gave me her VHS Elvis collection. I realize VCRS are hardly around these days, but to me this perfect Elvis video collection is an heirloom I want to one day pass on to my daughter.

When I hear “Return to Sender,” I think of my Momma and the teenage girl she was, long before I was even in her life, adoring the one and only Elvis in his glory. It is why when I stood in front of Graceland last summer I had felt like I had made it! Like a dream of ours was coming true… I only wish my Momma was with me to experience it.

It is why when I stood in front of Graceland last summer I had felt like I had made it! Like a dream of ours was coming true… I only wish my Momma was with me to experience it.


  1. Micaela, I'm so sorry about the crazy fonts and colours here, and that the youtube link is gone. I have been having problems with my wi-fi connection here and when the post published, the font was ENORMOUS. So I went in to fix it, and everything went mad! It's still a great post, just doesn't look as pretty as it should. I'm sorry!
    xoxo love from London!

  2. I've never been but it looks like a fun place to visit! :)

  3. I want to meet up with them too lol - I should have no excuse because I live over here :/ sigh!

    Looks like you had a great time! :)

  4. Micaela was SO excited to finally go to Graceland! I still remember the happiness and joy in her voice after she went and she was telling me all about it. From such a young age she's loved Elvis thanks to our mother :) I leaned toward's our father's taste and was crazy about the David Bowie :) A love of Elvis is def something special that is shared between my mom and twinkie. p.s. I have the same dress Micaela is wearing in these pictures and I'm wearing it today at work haha :) too funny :)

  5. Erin don't you hate when the internet has kinks? it's frustrating. I hope you don't mind that since this one is especially sentimental to me, i wrote about it on my blog but disabled comments and redirected them here :) lol here's the link:


    SO HONORED again to be asked to guest post with a bevy of beauties ;) i miss you so very much!!!


  6. Return to Sender is my FAVORITE Elvis song... OF COURSE.

    I have always wanted to visit Graceland.... What a great surprise.

  7. What a fun mother-daughter bond and a great trip!

  8. That dress is so cute--that was my first thought--and it's even cuter now that I know Marianne has it too! I swear, these two girls make me smile MULTIPLE times a day every day! Erin, hope you're having a great vacation, and Micaela, this post is darling and expresses your exuberance just like your words always do. Love ya!

  9. what a delightful memory and tradition.

  10. I only live about 3 hours from Memphis so I've been to Graceland! I was about 14, though, so I really want to go again.
    Elvis was always one of my grandma's obsessions, and she passed it on to my mom, and then to me. My grandma and my mom saw Elvis at least twice in concert. Isn't that crazy?!

  11. ya ya ya yum! my husband! haha. I looooove elvis. I want to go to graceland bad!! Ah i miss america so!

  12. oh, i have always wanted to go to Graceland! my mom actually got me ino Elvis too. we've been meaning to plan a trip together, but we haven't made it yet. i better talk to her about that!

  13. Erin - I hope you're having a BLAST across the pond!

    Micaela, oh Micaela! I have a dream of visiting Graceland. Elvis always makes me smile. : ) Even though he passed away a little before I turned 1, he's always been in my life (or at least it feels like it!). Thank you for sharing this!!

  14. how fun! and how sweet of your m for surprising you with such a memorable trip!

  15. How wonderful! I think it would be a fascinating place to visit. Great post Micaela.

    I think it's sweet that your mum passed on the Elvis love to you. It must have been a wonderful experience.

  16. What a sweet story! It's too bad your mom wasn't with you when you went to Graceland.


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