Wednesday, September 2, 2015

How I Style Chambray


I'm joining Jill at Doused In Pink today for her How I Style It linkup.  The theme this month is chambray.

This 3/4 sleeve popover from Old Navy (similar) is a perfect fall transition piece. I paired it with gray shorts and converse, and added a dash of pink for some color.  As the weather gets colder I'll be able to wear this shirt with jeans or camo pants and a jacket.

Speaking of transitions, my friend Carrie at A Lovely Little Wardrobe will be sharing a 27 piece capsule wardrobe this month, with suggestions on how to remix the pieces.  Carrie is the queen of remixing and I know she will come up with some great outfits, so be sure to check her out.

Finally, it's time for the WearWhatWhere September style challenge.  I love having prompts every day to help me figure out what to wear.


Be sure to come back on Friday when I'll be sharing my monthly gratitude in numbers!

Linking up today with Get Your Pretty OnThe Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayCharming FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style It

Monday, August 31, 2015

Motivational Monday XXII


While all eyes were on Erika's path towards the East Coast, the Pacific Northwest decided to have a big storm of its own this weekend.

On Saturday we had 60 mph winds and several inches of rain - not unusual in winter, but record breaking for August.  Our power was out for over fifteen hours, and every store in town was closed.

We decided to make the best of things and pretend like we were camping out. My husband cooked homemade pizza on the grill and popcorn over the propane stove.  We played games and sang songs along with a battery operated radio - our kids thought turning the dial to find stations was hysterical and so much work.  Sigh.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Friday, August 28, 2015

A Reminder About Teens & Cardiac Arrest

This is the fourth time I've shared this post, and for those who have already read it, I'm sorry to be so repetitive.  If you're new to my blog, please pass this along to any teens in your life. School and fall sports are in full swing around the country, and knowing this important information could save a life.

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Those words shouldn't be in the same sentence.  

Unfortunately, sudden heart failure is the leading cause of death in teen athletes.  It's estimated that a young athlete suffers cardiac arrest every three days in the U.S.

Sudden cardiac arrest usually occurs during or right after exercise and there are no warning symptoms.  The heart stops pumping adequately and the child loses consciousness.  Unless a normal heart rhythm can be restored quickly, death will follow.

Scary stuff.  Tragically, these deaths are preventable in most cases.  A simple heart health screening, which involves a medical history and an ECG, will detect most cardiac abnormalities. If there is an issue, it can be addressed before it turns deadly.

Both of my boys are athletes, but I had no idea about this until a young man in our community died  suddenly after a football game.  His mother formed The Nick of Time Foundation, a wonderful organization that provides heart health screenings at local schools and helps to educate the community about this problem.




C and T have both been screened, and it only took thirty minutes from start to finish. Your child's doctor can perform the ECG or give you a referral to a cardiac specialist.

Mandatory heart health screenings should be included in every sports physical before a student can participate. It makes sense to be sure their hearts are capable of strenuous activity.  



So many of the things that can hurt our teens are out of our control.  But this isn't one of them. And no parent should have to suffer the loss that Nick's mother did after that football game.

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I'll be linking up with Deena on Monday for The Nostalgic Series.  Be sure to head over and read all the great posts!


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Dog Days Of Summer


I've always called this time of year "the dog days of summer".  When everyone is thinking about fall and back to school, jeans and boots and books - but the weather is saying summer and shorts and swimming pools.

(On a side note, and for my own curiosity, I looked up what "the dog days of summer" really means.  It actually refers to the rising of the dog star, Sirius, and it's conjunction with the sun, which typically occurs from July 3rd to August 11th. So I'm about two weeks off - oh well).

I have to admit that I've been spending most of my time in sweats, tshirts, and yoga pants. Taking care of my mom has been like having an infant in the house again.  Because she's right handed, and broke her right arm, she's very limited in what she can do for herself.  But surgery went well yesterday and hopefully she's on the mend.

Today I actually got dressed for a lunch date with some friends.  I love this lime green top and white shorts - perfect for the "dog days"!

Linking up today with Get Your Pretty OnThe Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayCharming FridayPumps and Pushups

Monday, August 24, 2015

Motivational Monday XXI


My family and I spent a happy weekend volunteering for our friends and their non-profit organization.  Even though it was hard work, the smiles were worth every minute.

I would appreciate any prayers or good wishes for my mom today.  Her broken arm hasn't healed properly, so she will be having surgery to stabilize the bone with a metal plate, and hopefully she will finally start feeling better soon.

Have a wonderful week! 

Friday, August 21, 2015

What Inspires Me


Linking up with the Style Me sistas today to blog about the things that inspire us.  I love this topic, because as I get older, I've come to realize that something inspires me almost every day.  Some days I have to look a little harder, but it's there.

--Being outside.  No matter what, I can always get inspiration by simply going outside. Every morning, except in the very worst weather, I spend at least a few minutes on my deck. I love to breathe in the fresh air, listen to the birds or rain, and think about the day ahead. If only I enjoyed coffee, this little scene would be perfect. And having my deck at the beach would be even more perfect. 

--Doing volunteer work.  Both the people who need a little help, and those that are doing the helping inspire me.  There are some truly amazing things being done in this world through the hands of volunteers.  It's awe-inspiring, actually.

--The family and friends in my daily life.  My grandparents, my mom, my husband, my boys, my friends.  Every one of them are strong, kind and loving. There's nothing more inspiring than that.


--Bloggers.  If I'm feeling down, anxious, afraid or sad, I can go online and start reading.  I always find some sort of inspiration from my blogging friends.

Speaking of which, this is the last link up from the Style Me Bloggers as we've come to know them.  It's been my privilege to meet and work with this great group of women.  We've grown and evolved together, and made lasting friendships.  But don't worry - it's not over! I'm excited to announce that we'll be back later this year with a new collective called The Blended Blog.  We'll be writing about a wide range of topics, and hopefully adding guest posters as we go along.  More to come soon!

In the meantime, be sure to check out the other ladies to see what inspires them, and link up with us below.



Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Project Runway Is Back


I believe that fashion is art, and fashion designers are artists.  it's one of the reasons that I love it so much.  Seeing a runway show is like watching a bunch of art pieces come to life and walk around.

Which is why Project Runway is my favorite show.  All of the workroom drama and backstage bickering is entertaining, but the best part is watching the final artwork on the runway.

Last week, the designers were challenged to use Hallmark cards to create a "look".  Just paper greeting cards and a little muslin for form.  If someone asked me to make a dress out of paper, it would look like this -


Seriously.  This is why I studied the business side of fashion in college rather than the design side.

However, the artists at Project Runway came up with these lovely creations -




Out of GREETING CARDS.  The wedding dress that Edmond created was so beautiful, and it flowed and moved like a real gown.  He even made a bouquet with envelopes.

Speaking of Edmond, he's my favorite so far this season.  He has tried out for the show for fourteen years, and finally got on.  That's persistence!  I can't wait to see what he can do with some actual fabric.

Do you think fashion is art?  Do you watch Project Runway?
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