Friday, July 29, 2016

What's Up Friday


Happy Friday!  It's been a while since I shared the happenings around here, and there's a lot going on, so I thought I'd do a modified "What's Up" post today.

What we've been up to - 

Vacations!  In June it was Hawaii, and last week we took our annual beach trip to Manzanita, Oregon.  This year we coordinated with my family reunion, so all the cousins, aunts, uncles and Grandpa Ed joined us at our favorite place.  We spent the days walking the beach, eating too much, and relaxing as a family. There were dance parties, kayaking, golf, and bonfires. So much fun.


What I'm loving - 

Yoga with my husband.  And yep, it was his idea.  It's been years since I've done yoga, but it's feeling really good on these aging bones.  I have absolutely no balance, and it's hard not to laugh through the entire class, but one of these days I'll get it.  Maybe.

What I'm wearing - 

See picture above.  Shorts, tshirts and comfy stuff.  But I promise to get dressed next Wednesday for Summer Style in some sort of outfit that isn't made entirely of cotton and spandex.

What I'm watching/reading - 

I'm so happy that my very favorite show, Flipping Out, is back!  Two years ago I was fortunate enough to meet Jenni Pulos at a local book signing event, and she was even funnier and nicer in person.  I seriously want to move to LA and work for Jeff Lewis Design.

With all the beach time, I've been doing lots of reading.  I'm about halfway through this book, and I recommend it to any mom out there who is facing the empty nest.  I'll do a full review when I'm done, because it's so good.



Which leads me to... what I'm dreading - 

It's less than three weeks until this guy leaves for college.  I can't even talk about it, so we'll leave it at that.


What I'm reminiscing about - 

Being in Manzanita really had me missing my dad and Uncle Rick.  My father was a surfer in his younger days, and the beach was his favorite place.  Uncle Rick organized all the family reunions.  Not having both of them there was sad, but being surrounded by family was key. There were lots of stories and tears and hugs.

What I'm working on - 

Exciting stuff coming to the blog this fall!  I'll have a new name, a new design, and a new attitude.  Stay tuned....

What I'm excited about - 

I got brave and signed up for a Seattle style workshop.  I'm a little nervous that I'll be the oldest one there!  The panel consists of top bloggers in the Seattle fashion niche, and other people in the industry.  Hopefully I'll learn a lot and make some good contacts.

What I'm doing this weekend - 

Brunch with friends, yard work, and spending as much time as possible with my boys.  I think there's a homemade pizza party in there somewhere too.  Oh, and puppy training, because...

What else is new - 

I'm happy to introduce the newest member of our family - Bogart!  He's ten weeks old, so adorable, and the biggest pain in the butt.  Bogart is a rescue puppy, and after a long journey to the local animal shelter, he ended up in our home.  I forgot how much work a puppy is. Good thing he's so cute.  It took a few days, but Abby loves him and has now claimed him as her own.



Hope you all have a great weekend!



Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Summer Style LinkUp


Thanks to everyone who joined us last week for Summer Style!  It's simple - choose something from each column above, put together an outfit, and share it with The Blended Blog on IG or through our weekly Wednesday link ups.

Ok guys, I have seriously dropped the ball on fashion this last week.  We were on vacation at the beach, and my daily outfits consisted of shorts, tshirts and sweaters.  Comfy, but boring.

But I didn't want you to miss the Summer Style linkup.  Last week we had almost 100 lovely ladies share their looks with us.  Be sure to check some of them out.  I need inspiration, so I know I'll be visiting!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Feature: Susan


Today I'm featuring my friend Susan from The Most -- Of Every Moment over at The Blended Blog.  Susan was the first person I "met" when I began blogging, and we quickly became friends.

Be sure to stop by and learn more about this talented lady!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Blue Maxi & Summer Style


Thanks to everyone who joined us last week for Summer Style!  It's simple - choose something from each column above, put together an outfit, and share it with The Blended Blog on IG or through our weekly Wednesday link ups.

This week I'm sharing another favorite dress - a navy maxi with a fun print. Cool, comfortable and easy.  I may be a little too boobalicious for this dress, so I distracted everyone by adding a white vest and long necklace later for a dinner out with friends.  And oops - forgot to take another picture.  I need to fire my photographer.


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

Be sure to link up with us below, or follow along on IG with #theblendedblogstyle. 


Monday, July 18, 2016

Motivational Monday LVI


I've shared this before, but it bears repeating.

Sometimes we need to slow down and empty our brains.  So much has happened over the last year, and I need the stillness to gain some perspective.

This week I'm back at my happy place, and in the words of the ever wise Zac Brown, "my only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair".

You can follow our adventures on Instagram.  Be sure to come back on Wednesday for Summer Style, and on Friday for an interview with my friend Susan.

Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Navy & Floral Summer Style


Thanks to everyone who joined us last week for Summer Style!  It's simple - choose something from each column above, put together an outfit, and share it with The Blended Blog on IG or through out weekly Wednesday link ups.

This week I'm sharing a navy floral tank - and white jeans again, instead of shorts.  Because summer still hasn't found its way to Seattle, although the next few days are looking promising.  Fingers crossed.



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

Be sure to link up with us below, or follow along on IG with #theblendedblogstyle.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Motivational Monday LV

My grandma Nelda passed away a few weeks ago.

I know, I know....more doom and gloom from my corner of the world.  But this time, instead of sadness, there's joy in celebrating a life well lived.

Grandma would have been 97 this week.  That's a lot of days to be on this earth, and many of them weren't that great.

She grew up during the great depression, then married a man with much emotional baggage. She lost her only sibling to breast cancer, and endured several health problems of her own. She outlived all three of her children, and one grandchild.  

But from my earliest memories, grandma Nelda lived life with zest and laughter, and a twinkle in her eye.
She was like Mary Poppins, sweeping in for a visit in her green polyester travelling suit, with a bag full of presents and a plan for fun.  She loved card games, John Travolta, and red sports cars.  I learned to disco dance from grandma Nelda.  She was strong and determined and didn't take crap from anybody.

That's the grandma I miss.  The last few years, dementia robbed her of her memories and her sparkle, and she was ready to go. 


So I won't be sad.  I'll picture her leading a big disco party with Randy, Connie, David and Scotty.  Beating everyone at bridge, then settling down with a scotch on the rocks to watch Johnny Carson.

Yep, it was a life well lived.
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