Aug 16, 2019

Friday

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Category: Monday Mantra
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Aug 15, 2019

Meet Ulla Johnson

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Category: Designer Spotlight
Ulla Johnson Fall 2019
Ulla Johnson Fall 2019

Meet Ulla Johnson. This is my first feature about this lovely designer on the blog but it certainly won’t be my last. Her designs are so beautiful and feminine She is a Mix MASTER in her choice of pattern play, texture and color..not to mention the beauuuutiful detailing. To view her entire collection click on: https://ullajohnson.com/

Ulla Johnson Pre Fall 2019
Ulla Johnson Pre Fall 2019
Ulla Johnson Pre Fall 2019
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Aug 13, 2019

Fall Plaid Prep & Sale News

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

If you’re getting a little antsy for FALL Fashion and just happen to be craving something pretty in plaid…I may just have the solution. Below are a bevy of blazer beauties in plaid that you can wear right this very second. Pair them with jeans/shorts/capris or skirts. All items pictured below can be found at Shopbop.com and will easily transition from Summer to Fall.

Speaking of Shopbop.. this brings me to my next bit of GOOD NEWS. Shopbop.com is having a two day sale (August 13 & 14) where you can save up to 75% off on a selection of Shoes & Handbags!

Click on any image below to go directly to site. Happy Sale Shopping and Plaid Prepping!

Paul Smith Plaid Jacket $695.00
Edition 10 Check Wales Blazer $670.00
Alexander Wang Peaked Lapel Jacket $1395.00
Veronica Beard Moroso Dickey Jacket $650.00 SALE $390.00
Agnes Blazer $174.00
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Aug 13, 2019

Tuesday’s Tip

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Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

Drink UP!!!!

Image and tip courtesy of LifeHacks.com
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Aug 12, 2019

Monday Mantra

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

Hello Monday..

Here’s to be the BEST version of you today. Go & DO!

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Aug 11, 2019

Sunday

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Category: Monday Mantra
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Aug 10, 2019

Saturday Shade

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

Summer Sun calls for 2 things..sunscreen and shade. If you’re looking to enjoy the great outdoors but don’t want your face to become one giant sunspot ,might I suggest throwing some MAJOR shade and sporting one fabulous OVERSIZED hat.

After reviewing numerous sites- where you can find a bevy of beautiful options, I came upon one fabulous find via ASOS. For a mere $45.00 you can oversize but not overspend and throw caution to the wind as you bask outdoors in the Saturday Sunlight. How’s that for throwing some shade?! Happy Saturday. Have a great weekend.

FABULOUS FIND VIA ASOS..Click on image and go directly to site

My Pick….The Oversized turn back brim straw hat @ ASOS $45.00
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Aug 9, 2019

Good Grief

Posted By: Terri
Category: Closet Organization

The term “Good Grief “has been ringing in my ears as of late. I must confess that I have been MIA for the past 2 weeks due to my Mother’s sudden passing on August 1, We celebrated her life on August 6, in a beautiful service and buried her next to my father, who died a mere nine months to the day of her funeral.

Sadly, I have taken residence in grief for quite some time now. I don’t say this for sympathy but merely as a way of letting you know where my mind has been planted. In the past few months I have experienced the loss of my marriage, the sale of my marital home, the end of our lengthy 5 year divorce and the passing of both my father and mother. That is allot of loss for one to encounter and at the end of it all I find myself ensconced in grief.

So, I ask: What is”good” about grief?

As I arranged for my Mother’s burial, grief as they say… got the best of me. Somehow I channeled my inner “productivity gene.” I got busy, very busy. It was my way of coping with all that had happened and I guess one would say that is good.

My grief escorted me inside my sister in laws closet for 9 hours straight, where I organized, alphabetized, colorized and arranged her beautiful wardrobe.

Grief also lead me into her kitchen where I baked at all hours of the day and night. I baked flourless chocolate cakes, banana breads and numeorus batches of biscotti for the funeral. Biscotti, was my mother’s favorite cookie-did I mention she was 100% Italian. I would mail her boxes every two weeks via priority mail. It seemed only fitting that it be supplied at her final farewell.

Grief made me into someone I didn’t even recognize. I abandoned my usual work out regime and healthy eating for eating bits of anything laying around on a hospital cart (read into that cookies and coffee-which I usually avoid) and found me drinking wine (Coppola Claret by the glass with my brother),most likely to numb my brain from taking in all that had happened. I’m a light drinker- one glass of vino will suffice, but I had to finally ask myself: “Who is this person??? Drinking wine, eating baked goods made with white flour and not working out for days on end. My grief was draining,exhausting, relentless and yet somehow a real calorie burner. I lost 7 pounds and didn’t sleep for days. Grief made me focus on what I could do at this very moment to cope.

Good grief.

As far as I can tell, the only thing “good” about grief- is channeling it into some sort of positive and productive task that your brain can wrap it’s head around at that very moment. I was grateful to have such a beautiful space as my my sister in laws closet that provided a respite of CALM and allowed me to grieve silently.

At the end of the day. I found what I’ve always believed to still ring true:

“An organized closet brings a sense of calm”.

Here are a few tips to bring some calm into your closet (although I pray that grief isn’t the motivating factor for organizing your closet):

Let’s get started with a few simple,easy and “oh-so- doable rules:

  1. Start by grouping like items together (jeans/coats/handbags etc)
  2. Work in sections: Start where ever you like- but start in a category and fold or hang everything from light to dark within each category until it’s complete.
  3. Move from category to category and keep rearranging until everything fits. You can double hang (meaning putting more than one pair or one piece on a hanger) jeans, pants, skirts, scarves, shawls and camisoles. You can even double hang sweaters but not by their shoulders -fold and lay over hanger.
  4. If you need a break-take it…BUT do come back to finish-because I promise you that once everything has a place it will bring you a great sense of calm… Half the reason we don’t wear what we own is because we can’t see it.
Totes(folded) coats and Winter wear.

P.S. Just to be clear.. my sister in law is a major Wonder Woman and the rest of her home is beautifully appointed but like most women she leaves her personal space as “last on her list” because she’s taking care of everyone else 24/7,running a successful business, being a fabulous wife and mother and helping with every detail for our family and the impending funeral. I adore her! Thank you Anna.

The girl has some major jewelry mojo. Gorgeous Vintage pieces abound.
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Jul 28, 2019

Swing Time

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

When temps hit 100 and you just don’t know what to wear to “beat the heart” might I suggest the perfect Summertime solution..the comfortable and oh so easy breezy swing skirt. It’s comfortable, cool and stylish.

Here are a few stylish solutions that I hope will inspire you!

Skirt courtesy of Flirtyfull.com (Additional options on website)
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Beautiful Skirt Set on sale for $47.99 (originally $89.00) Click on image for details
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Jul 28, 2019

Sunday

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Category: Monday Mantra
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