Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Create28 Week Four


This may be the last week of Create28, but thanks to the brilliant mind of our fearless leader Deena, we've got something fun in store for the rest of the summer.  More on that below...

Be sure to head to The Blended Blog for the recap, and to see how each featured blogger interpreted the looks.

I'm back from a wonderful family vacation to Hawaii.  I'll be sharing more on Friday, but in the meantime...

Gingham galore & 4th of July...



Thanks so much to everyone who has joined along this month with Create28. We've loved seeing everyone's looks in the link up and on IG (#theblendedblogstyle).  It's been so much fun, we don't want it to end, so...



We hope you'll follow along and link up with us on Wednesdays.  It's going to be fun!

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



Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Create28 Week Three


Welcome to the third week of Create28!  Be sure to head to The Blended Blog for the recap, and to see how each featured blogger interpreted the looks.

I'm still on vacation, and I'm mostly wearing bathing suits and flip flops.  I did manage to style one look before I left...

Easy on the go...


This was the perfect choice for graduation parties and festivities.  White jeans, a colorful top, and light jacket - couldn't be easier.

I hope you'll head to The Blended Blog to link up, and share your looks on Instagram with the hashtag #theblendedblogstyle.  Here's what's happening in the final week:




Friday, June 17, 2016

Blink Of An Eye



Wednesday afternoon, graduation happened.

And I was so busy being proud, I kind of forgot to be sad.  Yes, a few tears were shed, but they were mostly the happy sort.

Although I still can't quite figure out how we got from here...


To here...


Blink of an eye.

Annnnndddd, now I'm sad.  The only thing to do is take myself off on vacation. I'll be back in a week or so, but in the meantime, follow me on IG to see what we're up to!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Create28 Week Two


Welcome to the second week of Create28!  Be sure to head to The Blended Blog for the recap, and to see how each featured blogger interpreted the looks. 

After a lovely, warm spring, Seattle hasn't gotten the memo that summer has arrived.  Most days have been cool and rainy, so wearing summery clothes has been challenging...

Fringe fun...



I bought this top after realizing I didn't own anything with fringe.  Can't wait to wear this with shorts when the weather warms up.

Bold bottoms...



A maxi skirt and converse is the most comfortable outfit ever.

Summer swing dress...



And then I changed my mind the next day.  A swing dress and sandals is the most comfortable.  I think this is my new uniform for summer!

I hope you'll link up with us below, or share your looks on Instagram with the hashtag #theblendedblogstyle.  Here's what's happening in week 3:




Monday, June 13, 2016

Motivational Monday LIV


Today, like everyone else, I feel a heavy weight of sadness.  For the victims of the shooting in Orlando, for my friends and family in the LGBT community, and frankly, for all of us.

I feel a sense of deja vu.  My town experienced gun violence almost two years ago, and we have not recovered.  We probably never will, fully.

But mostly, I feel anger.  Against hatred and prejudice, and against those who act on that hatred.  No matter what information unfolds over the next days and weeks, this was a hate crime by an evil person.  

Will stricter gun laws solve the problem?  Maybe.  But I was raised with friends in law enforcement, and they've told me that bad guys will always find a way to get guns.  Will greater work to identify and help those with mental illness help? I don't know.

Do we need to stop being so damn politically correct, and dig deep to get to the roots of the problems within this country?  Stop talking about it, and do something?  Most definitely yes.

We need to create a world where there is no room for hate.  Where our hearts are filled with love.  A world where we have peace, because we know that we belong to each other.

I just wish I knew where to start.

**Thanks to my friend Abbie at Grumbling Grace for sharing this quote on her IG feed yesterday.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Be Brave and Skydive


Yep, that's me.  Last Sunday, approximately 9:40am.  The cool and calm guy, firmly attached to my back (thank you, Lord), is my new best friend, Kelly. I'm sure he hasn't given me a second thought, but when you put your life in the hands of someone you just met, you feel pretty bonded to them....for life.

WHY was I skydiving?  Because apparently I haven't learned any lessons after 25 years of marriage.  Exhibit A:  I should never tell my husband that I'm interested in doing something adventurous.  Years ago I mentioned that I might like to skydive for my 50th birthday.  No, I'm not 50 yet.  He thought it would be fun to surprise me a year early.  Isn't he wonderful?

Luckily, he didn't tell me until a few hours before the jump.  Even so, thoughts of divorce and/or murder were running through my mind as I signed the most disturbing ten page release form I've ever seen.  My advice to future skydivers: don't torture yourself by reading it.  In summary, you could die, break every bone, or end up in a wheelchair.  And you can't sue them.  But have fun!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Create28 Week One


Welcome to the first week of Create28 with The Blended Blog!  Be sure to head over there for the recap and to see how each featured blogger interpreted the looks.

For the most part, I'm still shopping my closet, so it was fun to see what I could come up with for each prompt.  Here goes!

A surprise look... 



We were headed to T's senior awards night, so I needed to wear something besides jeans. Anytime I put on printed pants (see the polka dots?), it's a surprise!

Nautical navy...



Graduation party at our house and it was so hot outside.  I have to admit this swing dress is new.  I may or may not be doing a little emotional shopping right now.  BUT - it's Max Studio, purchased at Marshall's on clearance for $15, and I know I'll get a ton of use out of it.  I love the crochet detail at the top and it's so comfy.

Warm weather wedding...



No weddings to attend, but I wore this to a piano recital.  It's very old, from Old Navy, and such a fun color for summer.

Maxi Dress...



A maxi dress with my white denim jacket = the perfect outfit.

I hope you'll link up with us below, or share your looks on Instagram with the hashtag #theblendedblogstyle.  Here's what's happening in week 2:





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