Happy Thanksgiving

Let our lives be both full of THANKS & GIVING.
Be grateful. Be kind. Love one another. Feed the hungry
 Be a blessing. Enjoy your family. Give to all.

I will be gone for a week. I get to spend time with my
family and I cannot wait. 

So no blogging for me. 

I'll be back, the week after Thanksgiving, with lots
to say about Christmas, lots of pictures to see 
from Thanksgiving and lots to do in my life...
as 2016 is going to be a great year.



I've got pearls on my mind...

No, not real ones-- but close. I'm a big fan of costume jewelry. I really do love it. But you have to be very careful. The upside: Absolutely gorgeous. The downside: Pricey. In time it will change appearance. And unfortunately the metal starts to rot too. But don't let that take you away from enjoying it. Before the year is over, I will post a great DIY showing you what I do to my gold and silver plated jewelry-- when the metal starts to rot and change colors. You'll absolutely love this do-it-yourself. It'll change your world... I promise. And here's an extra tip: If you have sensitive ears-- dab the ends of your earrings-- with clear nail polish to prevent earlobe pain. It works.  


I've got pancho fever.

My Fall Obsession... Pancho's.
Some people call them trends, I call them part of the everyday basics
that every woman should own... at least one anyway.

I'm posting this because I'm looking for someone who crochets. Please email me.
Check out my Pinterest. 

It actually tells you a lot of who I am.



The holidays are falling into place...

I won't bore you with every single room but I did promise a few photos.
So I'm giving you a little bit of my living room and my hallway.  

I'd say that cozy, inviting and very simple, describes my home. Even for the holidays, while most people like to go BIG and bold, which is beautiful too, my place usually feels lived-in and homey. I don't get mad if you mess up my pillows or lay on the sofa or eat on my ottoman. In fact, I expect it. I want my home to smell like bacon frying in the morning and cookies throughout the day. Cheesy, maybe, but that is me. I'm a homebody and I want my home to reflect who I am. I never follow the crowd... and I don't fall into those holiday trends that tell you what colors are in this year. My home reflects who I am.

Even now, as old as my boys are, my home becomes a glorious mess when 
they visit and I'm ok with that because I love every minute of it. I value 
the time I get to spend with them, not the material, pretty things that get dusty.
I also collect snowmen.
This collection has been with me for years as you can see
a lot of my men are missing noses and stick hands. Perfectly-- imperfect. Just love.

And this book, oh this book... it has so much history.
My boys and I bought it at a used book fair in 1995. And to this day, it comes out
at Christmas time. I used to read it to them and one day, I'll read it to
my Grandsugars too.  
I also had to share this with you too. 

It may or may not bring interest to you but it's my everything at Christmas.
 Throughout the years, I've collected all of the Christmas ornaments my kids made for me-- from kinder to 5th grade.  

My boys are men now but every year-- still-- I put out my nostalgic tree.
It's the littlest tree in my home but it holds the biggest value for me. 
And did you know the gingerbread ornament from 2000... still smells like
ginger, 15 years later? This tree sits-- in what I call my hallway.
And of course, me being me...
I had to throw in some off colors since my entire home is red, white and gold this year.
This huge round apothecary jar is "home" to my rebel balls, as I call them. 
The colors don't go with anything but they're there-- in the present-- and 
on my dining room table, looking fabulous. 
And lastly, not to mention random, I had to show you this.
I saw a candy cane-candle holder at HL for $27.
 I loved it so much, I decided to save a little money and make my own.
I bought a long glass container at the dollar store for $1. 
With a little bit of painters tape and red paint. 
I saved twenty-six dollars. Just sharing...



I woke up feeling great... and smiling.

So I decided to share with you a few of the things that made me smile today. 
Sometimes I laugh out loud-- and today, I'm definitely smiling.
So let's start off with the Lion. So powerful and so empowering to a strong woman.
Then there's MY CREW. My backbone. My team! The people in my life.
My winter vests. My artwork. My bedroom. My photography. My projects...
All played a role in my happiness today.
And my bestfriend, who by the way had a lot to say this morning, as you can see in her pic.
And then there's me. I've been through the worst of times and I've been through the best of times... 
and by the power of the Holy Spirit, in Jesus Christ's name, I am complete. 
...and then there's me.
I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.
-Philippians 4:12
Happiness is a choice I choose.



A golden Christmas for this city girl!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
So what better time than now, to give you a little glimpse of my Christmas Tree this year. Sometimes pictures don't give beautiful things justice because in person, this is so much prettier. I painted (the outer edges) of a large mirror-- I had on the wall-- in metallic gold and placed it as the base of the tree to give it dimension and structure. And after much thought, I decided to go simple with the decorations since the tree itself is loudly wrapped in gold and glitter. When your tree glistens and sparkles, the rest of the decor has to be a little quieter.   

So shiny red balls and a golden Christmas for this city girl!

(I'll be putting more pictures of
my place and how it looks at Christmas.)
 And an early, but very Merry Christmas to you.


What drives me...

The world we live in drives me. It's a beautiful place, filled with not so many beautiful things. 

Earth is a melting pot of all types of people. 

The sooner you realize that not everyone believes like you.
Not everyone thinks like you. Not everyone is like you.
The sooner life is clearer for you.
And the beautiful thing is-- it's ok.

Here are a few things that motivated me today.
God. Wisdom. Humor. Intelligence. Happiness. Strength. Power. Motherhood.
 All play a vital role in my motivation this Friday.  
Hugs, hugs... and more hugs.


Splurge in small doses.

Things that catch my eye and a few things in my home
(click image)


The 7 Habits of Highly Stylish People.

Here’s a fact: Anyone with a credit card can stroll into Barneys and emerge looking like Fashion with a capital F. But here’s another one: Very few people-- credit cards or not-- can be considered women of genuine style. Yes, draping yourself in the coolest labels and piling on “It” items might give you a boost of instant sartorial gratification, but in six months those pieces will be obsolete, you’ll be out a month’s rent, and you’ll feel compelled to keep up with the cycle of buying the next round of coveted pieces. Exhausting! Still, so many women seem to be falling victim to that exact cycle.

Then, however, there are those images you’ll see on blogs or street style sites of women who look so amazingly chic, cool, or interesting-- who aren’t covered in head-to-toe labels-- but rather know how to take nondescript pieces and style them in such a way that their whole look is completely enviable and covetable.

Here Are The 7 Habits Of Highly Stylish People

1. They don’t surf street style blogs and copy exactly what they see, label for label.

In this day and age, street style photos are a bona fide source of fashion inspiration. In fact, we spend a pretty hefty portion of our day stalking Pinterest and culling various galleries to offer our readers (and ourselves) great ideas when it comes to seasonal outfits.

Don’t forget: Several big street-fashion players, editors, and bloggers get sent designer stuff for free to entice folks-- like us-- to go out and buy it. Others are, well, richer than us and it’s their day job to flit around the world in the latest designer clothes, which is fun to admire but not necessarily healthy to emulate.

That’s why truly stylish girls will see a look they’re drawn to and seek out lesser-priced pieces that have the same vibe. Plenty of affordable stores and sites offer items that feature similar aspects to designer pieces.

2. They not afraid of any store-- and can find something almost anywhere. 
Legitimately stylish women will troll any-- and I mean any-- store with zero snob factor, yet they manage to stay true to their aesthetic. 

For example, she won’t be afraid to pop into a cheesy-seeming teen store at the mall, but that doesn’t mean she’ll leave with the same things her 12-year-old cousin would. Same goes for fast-fashion haunts like Forever 21, dusty old thrift stores, and off-price havens like TJ Maxx, and Marshalls, which are consistently packed with great stuff at non-sucker prices.

3. They know how to style themselves according to their own taste.
Isn’t it always the case that the most stylish girls will say “This blouse? It’s from Goodwill, like, 100 years ago” and actually mean it?
Yeah, the blouse itself is probably pretty cool, but it’s really the way she styled it—maybe she tucked into great-fitting jeans, unbuttoned one extra button, rolled up the sleeves, and added a killer pair of statement earrings that made everyone comment on it.

4. They always look a little less “done” than everyone else.  Highly stylish people are often in the habit of always appearing a teeny tiny bit too cool for every scenario they’re in.

This might mean wearing a pair of slip-on sneakers when every other girl is teetering on sky-high heels, wearing a chic skinny pantsuit when every other woman is rocking glittery party dresses, or chopping her hair into a messy bob when everyone else has long beachy waves. Small things that always make them look a little less “done.”

5. They understand labels don’t make them cooler. 
It sounds cliché, but the most stylish women-- and men, for that matter-- in the world are ones who have confidence, and who know they don’t need the $700 sweatshirt or $2,000 handbag to make themselves appear cool. 
 These folks can step out in a faded gray tee and jeans and still look like the coolest person in the room all because they have confidence.

6. They aren’t slaves to fashion.
Some of the most stylish people are able to have fun with fashion and follow trends without looking like a slave. If you don’t like a trend-- even if every blogger under the sun is wearing it-- don’t buy into it. It’s that simple.

7. They don’t dress to be considered stylish.
Before blogs, before street style, and before Fashion Week became a three-ring circus that only matters for those who have the most attention-grabbing clothing, young women dressed for themselves, their lifestyle, and what looked good on them.

Believe us: It doesn’t matter if those heels are Alexander Wang-- if you can’t walk in them, you won’t be considered stylish. Throw on a pair of comfortable ankle boots with that mini dress, you’ll look much cooler.
(source: stylecaster.com)

Happy Birthday

In honor of my dad's 68th birthday today.
* Happy Birthday To My Daddy *
We're allllllll getting chocolate wasted soon.


Winter. Christmas. Pink. ...all in a Saturday!

Woke up today pulling out winter boots, looking through Etsy, decorating my bedroom Christmas tree-- which by the way is my golden beauty-- lounging in pink and enjoying coffee with my best friend and... oh yeah... working on 2016.