Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Nautical Stripes & Shop My Closet Week 21


It's Wednesday again, and time for another round of Style Perspectives with my friends from The Blended Blog.  I think last week's graduation looks were my favorite so far.  So much pretty!  Thanks to everyone who linked up with us and joined in the fun!


For the month of June, we've taken over Create28 and each of us will be sharing different looks each day.  Wednesday will still be link up day on The Blended Blog, and we hope you'll choose a few prompts and join us.  Here's a sneak peek at the first week...


On to this week, and Nicole's nautical stripes.  I've had this layered top from Loft for years, and the red Toms were a birthday present from the boys.  This is a perfect late spring outfit for around here, and I'm pretty sure it's nautical enough to be allowed on a sailboat adventure.


I know that Nicole will have the perfect nautical outfit, so be sure to head to The Blended Blog to see her look, and find out who had the top clicked links from last week.

Linking up today with The Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do DeclaireAgeless Style


Yep, I'm still shopping my closet.  I've just gotten really lazy about taking pictures.  I need to get back on that, because it helps me decide what to keep.  Apparently wearing pink reminds me to take a picture...


Be sure to check out everyone's nautical looks today, and come back next week for the last Style Perspectives & launch of Create28.  I hope you'll link up below, or join along on Insta/Facebook/Twitter using #theblendedblogstyle.  We'd love to see your looks!



ONCE UPON A TIME & HAPPILY EVER AFTER : Library-Lovin’-Lady
DAILY STYLE FINDS: The Personal Stylist
FOXY’S DOMESTIC SIDE: The Crafty Engineer
SIMPLY SHAUNACEY: Reformed Frumpy Mommy
TWO TEENS AND THEIR MAMA: Stylish Midlife Mama
RSQUARED: The Not So Nerdy Accountant
SHOES TO SHIRAZ: The Shoe Hoarding French Teacher
PUPPIES AND PRETTIES: Cube Dwelling Fashionista
MISHAPS AND MAYHEM OF SOLITARY LIFE: Single Girl, Simple Style
A LOVELY LITTLE WARDROBE: A Casual Petite
MAKING THE MOST OF EVERYDAY Classic Yet Current Over Forty
NICKANDNIK: Mama with Curves
LIVING ON CLOUD NINE: Blissful Fashionista
WHITNEY À LA MODE: A book-loving French Teacher


Monday, May 23, 2016

Motivational Monday LI


Even though most days I want to be a Tigger - exuberant and positive - for the last few weeks I've felt like an Eeyore.

Between my uncle's funeral, some major issues with my grandmother, and too much to do with not enough hours to do them, I've been pessimistic and gloomy.  

BUT - there's always a but, isn't there?  Like Eeyore, I was caught up in the negative.  This is life.  It's messy and unpredictable, often sad and exhausting.

But it's also beautiful and wonderful and exciting.  My blessings far outweigh my troubles. For every bad thing that has happened in the last year, there have been countless lovely moments.  

Only I can decide whether to be a Tigger or an Eeyore.  Today I choose Tigger. 

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I'm linking up with Shaunacey today for Monday Moments of Gratitude.  I imagine Tigger reminds himself daily of all he has to be grateful for.  That's what gives him so much bounce! This week I'm grateful for:

--Spending time with my extended family.  We came together from all around the country to celebrate the well lived life of my uncle.  We shared stories, laughed, cried, and leaned on each other.  It's exactly what he would have wanted.  All but two cousins were there, so we gathered for a rare group shot.



And then there's Grandpa Ed.  Almost 98 and still chugging along.



--The determination and passion of my younger son.  He's an all around good athlete, although he's never been the fastest or the best.  For years he's put in the hard work, and we recently found out that he's the first athlete at his high school to earn twelve varsity letters. On Friday night we watched his very last sporting event, and I cried some happy tears, grateful for the lessons he's taught me about persistence and attitude.



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Be sure to head to The Blended Blog today where we're starting our Summer series with Sarah. Come back Wednesday to link up with Style Perspectives - this week we're sharing a nautical look.

And starting in June, we hope you'll link up for "What's In My....".  We'd love to see what's in your handbag, junk drawer, make up bag and kitchen!



Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Style Perspectives: A Graduation Look


It's Wednesday and time for another round of Style Perspectives with my friends from The Blended Blog.  I loved all the blazer looks from last week. Thanks to everyone who linked up with us and joined in the fun!


Up this week is a graduation look, chosen by Sheila.  I've had this dress picked out for awhile, since my baby will be graduating from high school in a month, and I'm going to need something pretty to make it through the day.  Is it possible to be bursting with pride and heartbroken at the same time?  I'll let you know.

Photo Credit:  Sarah, Foxy's Domestic Side

I took this Ellen Tracy dress to Vegas with me last month.  I love the bright, Monet-like print, it's stretchy and super comfortable, and it has pockets. Anything with pockets is a win.

I thought it would be fun to share a picture of what I actually wore to my own graduation, back in 1985.  However, this is all I could find.  Photography was not my parent's strong suit. Underneath this lovely blue gown is an equally charming white, long sleeved, high necked dress. Apparently I was headed to a convent when school was over.


Be sure to stop by The Blended Blog to see Sheila's graduation look, and find out who had the top clicked links from last week.

Linking up  with The Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do DeclaireAgeless Style

Be sure to check out everyone's graduation style today, and come back next week for a nautical look.  I hope you'll link up below, or join along on Insta/Facebook/Twitter using #theblendedblogstyle.  We'd love to see your looks!




ONCE UPON A TIME & HAPPILY EVER AFTER : Library-Lovin’-Lady
DAILY STYLE FINDS: The Personal Stylist
FOXY’S DOMESTIC SIDE: The Crafty Engineer
SIMPLY SHAUNACEY: Reformed Frumpy Mommy
TWO TEENS AND THEIR MAMA: Stylish Midlife Mama
RSQUARED: The Not So Nerdy Accountant
SHOES TO SHIRAZ: The Shoe Hoarding French Teacher
PUPPIES AND PRETTIES: Cube Dwelling Fashionista
MISHAPS AND MAYHEM OF SOLITARY LIFE: Single Girl, Simple Style
A LOVELY LITTLE WARDROBE: A Casual Petite
MAKING THE MOST OF EVERYDAY Classic Yet Current Over Forty
NICKANDNIK: Mama with Curves
LIVING ON CLOUD NINE: Blissful Fashionista
WHITNEY À LA MODE: A book-loving French Teacher


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Friday, May 13, 2016

Whatever Is Lovely Part Seven


Happy Friday, friends!  I feel like this week just flew by, and time is really speeding up as we get closer to graduation.  However, since I'm working on enjoying the moments, I thought I'd join up with the lovely Carrie this weekend and share Whatever is Lovely.

--The entire month of May is lovely.  Spring has finally settled in, we celebrate our mothers, and I get to enjoy another birthday.  Thank you so much for all the kind phone calls, messages, facetimes and wishes.  I really felt the love!


48 birthdays ago, when I was still a natural blonde.

--I've always wanted to see the lovely Northern Lights.  Apparently there was an epic display going on over my head last weekend, and even though I was awake, I missed them. I guess I should look out the window once in a while.

--We received this Vitamin C Serum in our swag bags at the BAM Conference last month. I've never tried a product like this before, but after using it for several weeks, my skin definitely looks brighter and feels lovely.  I put it on under my moisturizer morning and night.  Now I just need to figure out where to buy more before the bottle is empty.



--Since January I've been working out with the 21 Day Fix, and I'm definitely feeling stronger. But summer is on the way, so I decided to give the eating plan a try for a few weeks, and I've had great results. Except I really need some new salad recipes. Luckily I found some delicious ones at Dreaming of Leaving.  The Avocado Caprese salad looks especially lovely.

--I thought I'd leave you with an update on my friend Todd, who was paralyzed from the neck down in a freak body surfing accident almost two years ago.  He continues to improve and get stronger, although nothing is ever fast enough for him.  I'm constantly inspired by his attitude, persistence, drive to succeed, and that smile. I have no doubt that he will walk again - and that will be a truly lovely day.



I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Be sure to head to The Blended Blog tomorrow, where I'll be introducing you to Valerie from Maple Leopard. She's a lovely blogger who lives not too far from me, and I'm excited to share a little more about her for our blogger feature.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Not A Blazer & Shop My Closet Week 19


It's Wednesday and time for another round of Style Perspectives with my friends from The Blended Blog.  I loved all the leggings looks from last week. Thanks to everyone who linked up with us and joined in the fun!


This week we're styling a blazer, jeans, tee, and sneakers, chosen by the lovely Carrie. When I went to my closet for this look, I realized that apparently I do not own one blazer. What?!? I even searched the archives, because surely every woman has a blazer, and I know I wore them to work frequently "back in the day".  But nothing.  Now that I think about it, the blazers from my career days were pretty awful - very long, with massive shoulder pads. Probably a good choice to get rid of them.  Somewhere, someone is having a Pretty In Pink moment right now.

So....how about a trench coat?  It's sort of in the blazer-y family, right?  Plus, I've been waiting to wear this since last fall when I found it for $5 at a thrift store.  I love the color and the length.  I just wish it had a hood, because that's kind of a necessary feature for a coat around here.  But, $5, so I guess I shouldn't complain.


The gray tee with lace on the bottom is old from JCrew, and of course I'm wearing my trusty Converse. This is a perfect spring look for me, as long as it's not raining.  And now I think I need a blazer.  I'm sure Carrie will have a beautiful one, so be sure to head to The Blended Blog to see her look, and find out who had the top clicked links from last week.

Linking up today with The Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do DeclaireAgeless Style


I'm so happy to be wearing colors, and flats, and sandals.  But I'm still cold, so there are sweaters and jackets too.  Is it summer yet?


Be sure to check out everyone's blazer style today, and come back next week for a graduation look.  I hope you'll link up below, or join along on Insta/Facebook/Twitter using #theblendedblogstyle.  We'd love to see your looks!



ONCE UPON A TIME & HAPPILY EVER AFTER : Library-Lovin’-Lady
DAILY STYLE FINDS: The Personal Stylist
FOXY’S DOMESTIC SIDE: The Crafty Engineer
SIMPLY SHAUNACEY: Reformed Frumpy Mommy
TWO TEENS AND THEIR MAMA: Stylish Midlife Mama
RSQUARED: The Not So Nerdy Accountant
SHOES TO SHIRAZ: The Shoe Hoarding French Teacher
PUPPIES AND PRETTIES: Cube Dwelling Fashionista
MISHAPS AND MAYHEM OF SOLITARY LIFE: Single Girl, Simple Style
A LOVELY LITTLE WARDROBE: A Casual Petite
MAKING THE MOST OF EVERYDAY Classic Yet Current Over Forty
NICKANDNIK: Mama with Curves
LIVING ON CLOUD NINE: Blissful Fashionista
WHITNEY À LA MODE: A book-loving French Teacher



Monday, May 9, 2016

Motivational Monday L


As always, it's happened again.  Another year has gone by, and my birthday has come back around.

Birthdays don't bother me.  A few years ago I wrote about my friend Gretchen and her views on getting older.  Basically, the alternative isn't ideal.  I try to celebrate and feel grateful for the chance to live another year.

What I haven't embraced is enjoying that passage of time, especially lately. I worry and fret over the future, and spend more effort than I should wishing I could slow things down.

So I've set a goal for myself.  In the next year, I will consciously work on enjoying the moments of the days, the weeks, the months.  By this time next May, when I turn 50 years old, I plan to have a long list in my head of all the wonderful things that happened while I was enjoying the passage of time.  As I often say....stay tuned.

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I'm linking up with Shaunacey today to share some Monday Moments of Gratitude.  This week I'm grateful for:

  • Those milestone events that remind you of the circle of life - like T's senior prom on Saturday.  31 years ago, G wore a white tuxedo to our prom. For years T told us that he would also wear a white tux, and true to his word, he did it.  It's like looking in a mirror.  Well...other than the hair, makeup and dresses, which are so much more attractive now.  Hey, it was the 80's.

In 1985 G borrowed a brand new Camaro from a family friend for prom night. And back to the future in 2016, T borrowed our neighbors' Camaro.  I told them to tell him no, but no one ever listens to me.


  • The long term friendships my boys have developed, with really great kids. Both of them have a core group of friends that they've known for years. They can count on each other, no matter what.  Makes my mama heart happy...and grateful.


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Be sure to head over to The Blended Blog today where the lovely Andrea is sharing some spring fever!  And come back on Wednesday for Style Perspectives, and link up a blazer and jeans look.  Have a wonderful week!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Mother's Day Wishes


A long, long time ago & very far away, there lived a young, kind, beautiful California girl. She grew up, went to college, got married, and before long had a daughter of her own.  A mother was born.

The years went by and she added a boy and another girl to her growing family. There was joy and heartbreak, good times and hard work.  The regular stuff that makes a life.  A move across country, far away from home, and then back again.  New friends, new jobs, new houses.  Her children grew, got married, and had little ones of their own.  Retirement arrived with a chance to relax and enjoy, to take a step back and rediscover the California girl.

Through it all, and above all else, she was a mother.  She loved her children with all her heart, and no job could be as important.  No matter how old they grew, they would always be her babies, and she worried and fretted over them constantly.  She was still the caretaker.


And then suddenly everything changed.  One wrong step, and she was on the ground with a broken arm and ribs, unable to move.  Six months and two surgeries later, her arm was mostly healed.  But the universe had more in store for her.  Her husband died unexpectedly, her house had to be sold, and the new life she was building in retirement came crashing down.  

Now our roles were reversed, and she needed me to take care of her.

At first I grumbled and complained.  There was so much going on in my life.  I didn't have time.  It was too inconvenient. 

But luckily, I learned how to be a mother from one of the best.  And before long, the nurturing side took over.  I wanted to be there for her.  I wanted her to gather strength from me.

So much has changed.  All of our lives have been turned upside down, but no one has suffered more than my mother.  She's lost her husband of fifty years, she's currently homeless, and she's not sure what to do next.  But no matter what, she has me.

Because above all else, I'm her daughter.  I love her with all my heart, and helping her through this time is a very important job.  No matter how old she grows, she will always be my mom, and I will worry and fret over her.  

On this Mother's Day, I have so many wishes for my mom.  I want her to feel fulfilled, to be healthy and strong, to find something she enjoys doing, and to have fun.

But mostly, I want her to know that the day she gave birth to me, a long, long time ago, and very far away, she became my mother, my caretaker, and my friend.  And now it's my privilege to return the favor.


Today I'm linking up again with the lovely writers at Finish The Sentence Friday. This week's prompt was "A long, long time ago, and very far away".  Head over to read some great posts from this talented group of writers.
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