Oct 24, 2021

Monochromatic Monday “Let’s review”

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion tips

Today I want to share one of my absolute favorite styling secrets to looking taller, slimmer and chic. It’s called monochromatic dressing.  I’ve  know… I’ve blogged about this on more than one occasion (because truth be told,  it’s one of my favorite ways to dress). In addition, full disclosure I have been known to style my clients  in shades of the same hue to help them look and feel fabulous!

If per chance you think this look could hedge on borrrring or perhaps consider that you have to make every item matchy-matchy-(translation-that they have to be the exact same shade for the monochromatic look to work) that would be incorrect. Monochromatic dressing is  anything but boring and you can mix textures within the same color to have a look that appears chic, expensive and well thought out.

If you need a little inspiration to get you moving in a monochromatic mood here you go:

Mixing Textures 

 

Casual Chic in Shades of Grey (Courtesy of Giorgio Armani)

 

If you need just a smidge more clarification that monochromatic dressing is a style staple ..celebrity stylists dress their clients monochromatically so often it’s hard to keep count…

Cate Blanchett

Megan Markle

Bebe Rexa

Blake Lively in Michael Kors

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Oct 24, 2021

Monday Moment of Reflection

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

A simple and sweet reminder to start your week.

Keep Going…

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Oct 21, 2021

Happy in Houndstooth

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

Autumnal colors abound in a bevy of beautiful

Houndstooth jackets for  Fall 2021. 

As I stroll  through local shops and scroll the internet, I can’t help but notice a bevy of beautiful options available in blazers and coats  in this pretty plaid variation known as houndstooth.  Word on the “style street” is “People are longing to dress up again.” YAY! After staying sequestered during the Pandemic for so long people are READY to leave their loungewear behind and find something fabulous to wear. Thank Goodness! In my humble opinion, nothing pulls an outfit together better than the perfect blazer or coat.  I hope you will  enjoy the houndstooth styles I’ve featured on today’s post. All  are  available for purchase (click directly on image) and I for one  couldn’t be happier to find houndstooth is available in a wide range of price points from high to low…here we go!.

Full Disclosure:  I am OBSESSED  with the Veronica Beard Houndstooth Jacket feature right below.  I am in love with the mix of patterns and colors in addition to it’s  styling options that go from dressy to casual.

Veronica Beard Fausitne Double Breasted Dickey Blazer @ Intermix.com $650.00

Styling options are endless with this beautiful blazer. Cinch it in and pair it with a  skirt that flows or wear with denim jeans or even a jumpsuit. You can’t go wrong! Lovvving!

 

 

L’Agence Chamberlain Houndstooth Blazer Intermix $695.00

This Jacket by L’ Agence, is tailored to perfection and fits like a dream. A classic style that you will have in your closet FOREVER!

Pinko Houndstooth Blazer $525.00

Classic Houndstooth Blazer @ Talbots.com $189.00 Sale $149.99

A fabulous find at Talbots anddd it’s on SALE. (Our favorite four letter word)

Zara Straight Cut Double Breasted Blazer Zara.com $119.00

Zara,Zara, Zara…I visited the Zara located in The Grove here in LA and I must say I was AMAZED at the selection, quality and price points of their Fall Collection. The jacket above is only $119.00 (I know I had to look twice to make sure my eyes weren’t missing another zero at the end.  It comes fully lined and has pants to match. Pretty spectacular and chic at a very affordable price point.

Chic Wish Houndstooth Double Breasted Coat $109.90 Sale price $59.90

Chic Wish Full Length View

I am starting to think that the wish in Chicwish has something to do with a fashion fairy godmother that wants you to look stylish but stay on a budget. This cot is fully lined and full of fashion! Another fabu find at $59.90.

*Click on image to go directly to item on site.  

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Oct 11, 2021

Monday Moment of Motivation

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

Have Courage…

 

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Oct 5, 2021

Tuesday Tip..A tale of 2 Pumpkin (recipes)

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

Pumpkin time is here!!! Yay and double yay. I admit that I am a HUGE fan of  “all things  pumpkin.”

Pumpkins have  officially made there Grand Entrance  in stores  recently and just seeing them on display makes me H.A. P.P.Y.    I have always loved EVERYTHING  about Pumpkins. The color, the many shapes and sizes, in addition …to their sudden appearance is a welcome assurance that Fall is officially here.

Once I see the first pumpkin in stores, I become a bit obsessed and can’t wait to bake with this favorite ingredient of the season. To get the baking  inspiration going this year, I am sharing  not one but two of my favorite Pumpkin recipes. I think you will find them fast and easy to make and most importantly…Delish! Enjoy!!!

Image and recipe courtesy of Pranaful.com

Pumpkin Granola

Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 45 minutes

Makes 1 large batch

Ingredients:

3½ cups rolled oats
¾ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
½ cup pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
¼ teaspoon ground clove
¼ teaspoon salt
cup + 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup neutral cooking oil (avocado, grapeseed, etc.)
½ cup dried cranberries or golden raisins

Preparation 

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees (F). Line 2 standard-sized baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, stir together oats, nuts, pumpkin seeds, spices and salt until well combined.

In a small bowl, whisk together maple syrup, pumpkin puree and oil. Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and stir well to coat.

Spread half of the granola on each baking sheet in a single even layer. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring the granola gently at the 20-minute mark (skip the stirring if you prefer larger chunky pieces in your granola). After 40 minutes, gently stir in half of the cranberries or golden raisins to each tray and bake for 5 minutes more. Remove trays from the oven and let the granola cool completely before transferring it to a large glass jar or other airtight container for storage. (Note that when granola is finished cooking, it may still be slightly sticky. It will harden as it cools.)

 OR

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

The BEST Pumpkin Cookies (and  I am NOT overstating) .  Recipe adapted from iheartnaptimeblog.com

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 24

   Ingredients 

1 cup pumpkin puree, canned

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil, can sub with canola oil

1 large egg

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

2 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon pumpkin spice ( add  extra teaspoon if you like a more robust flavor)

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

1-2 cups  semi sweet chocolate chips

          Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat. Set aside. Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil, vanilla and egg in a large bowl. Mix until smooth.
  • Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin spice and salt. Mix just until you see a little flour left. Finally stir in chocolate chips and stir just until combined. Do not over mix.
  • Drop cookies by the spoonful about 2 inches apart, or use a medium cookie scoop. Add a few extra chocolate chips to the tops if desired. Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until a toothpick comes clean and the bottoms are lightly brown. Check one and bake for 1-2 more minutes if the center is not quite done.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool on pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.
Store in a covered container for up to 4 days or freeze up to 3 months. These cookies taste best cooled and taste even better the next day. The longer they sit the more the flavor comes out.
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Oct 1, 2021

Hello October..Time for the FALL FLIP

Posted By: Terri
Category: Uncategorized

Happy Friday and the Helloooooo October!

Fall is just a few weeks old. In many parts of the country, cooler weather has arrived. Sad to say that here in LA, it’s going to be 98 degrees today and I’m selecting a sundress to wear today.  Soooo much for Fall weather!?! Right. But I remain optimistic and look forward to the arrival of  cooler days ahead because  the calendar does say it’s FALL after all!

Bearing in mind that we ‘re transitioning seasons from Summer to Fall, it’s also the time of year that we should be thinking about transitioning our closets. I refer to this closet “transition task” as

The Fall Flip.  

I ‘m well aware that today is Friday, and flipping your closet  from one season to the next, is probably not a high priority for the weekend. But, what I am here to do, is help you ease  into the “thought” of starting to closet flip after the weekend is over. Think “baby steps” and start with the following categories listed below. I will circle back next week to give you a few more tips to flip. In the meantime, I gently suggest that you start considering aka “thinking” about sorting and storing your Summer Staples by category.

Here are my top 3 easy and simple suggestions (by category).

  1. It’s time to Boot UP!  Flip your shoe selections from Summer Sandals/Flip Flops and Espadrilles to Boots/booties and cold weather footwear.

Image Courtesy of Author/ Client Closet

The Boot Rack $54.49 (click on link to purchase)

2. Sweater weather is upon us! Change out your tank tops/ t-shirts/shorts/capris  and swimwear for  all your beautiful sweaters. Fold accordingly and put  Summer items in storage.

Time to pack up and Store: Summer t-shirts, tops and knitwear

 

3. Have the right Handbag: The Fall Handbag Flip...Change out  and store  your Straw Totes & Bright Colored Bags to Fall & Winter  Satchels, Handbags, and  special occasion clutches.

Summer Bags should be stored away. Storage solutions for handbags on GTGG post 9/8/2021 Handbag Hang Up & Storage solutions …Click on Image /blog post for info

Winter Bags & Boots and evening clutches!

More to come next week: Winter Coats/Holiday wear and more!

Have a wonderful weekend. 

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Sep 28, 2021

Tuesday’s Tip is all about Wallpaper…”Discuss”

Posted By: Terri
Category: Uncategorized

Tuesday’s Tip is all about Wallpaper. It wasn’t that long ago, that  wallpaper seemed sooooo passe. BUT, I am here to say, that a POP of wallpaper can add some major style to any space. I have a major penchant for adding wallpaper in strategic spots  in your home. The closet is one of my favorite spaces to use a splash of wallpaper to add interest and texture. You can also use wallpaper to make a small space pop… like a minimal Entrance hall or  line your dresser drawers with leftover scraps. Take a peak and get inspired by these wallpapered wonders.

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Sep 23, 2021

One Sweet Cookie-JP’s Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Recipe

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

One sweet story about one sweet cookie!

This recipe was given to me by a very dear friend (thank you my dear Jill Petersen) who shared her secret cookie recipe with me…. many, many years ago. Ever since I made the first batch, it has been a favorite of everyone that has tasted them. They are bite sized treats and friends have been known to eat more than a few in one sitting…they’re that good.  This recipe has certainly stood the test of time (over 30 years) as friends still request them when I’m delegated to desserts at any gathering. Quick tip:  Don’t overbake or overmix and I think you will find that these cookies really do melt in your mouth. Enjoy and thank you Jilly…P.S. We remain the dearest of friends  after all these years. Sweet!

 

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees

Cream together in a large bowl:

  • 1 Cup margarine (room temp)

       (*Don’t shot me…Butter doesn’t seem to work as well)

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Ounce Cream Cheese (full fat) @ room temp

Add in:

  • 2 teaspoon Orange Zest
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Gently fold in

  • 2 Cup Flour
  • 6 oz. Chocolate Chips

In a large bowl cream together: Margarine, sugar and cream cheese until mixture is smooth. Add in the zest of 1 orange, vanilla and salt. Gently fold in flour till mixture is completely blended together and finish by adding in Chocolate Chips.

Scoop a spoonful of mixture and place on baking sheet. 12 cookies per baking sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until the bottom of the cookie is a light brown.

Batch should make approximately 4 dozen bite size cookies.

 

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Sep 21, 2021

“Pep” UP your step… with Pretty Pearls

Posted By: Terri
Category: Uncategorized

Givenchy (circa 2003)

Today is the last day of Summer! I know… it’s hard to believe but, Summer is O.V.E.R.

And Now for the Good NEWS!!!.Fall begins tomorrow and with it brings about cooler days, sweater weather and the beauty of the leaves changing colors-which is a reminder to us all that as the leaves change ….so can we! It’s the perfect time to take stock before the year comes to an end and focus on what you want to accomplish before we say good bye to 2021.

As Tuesday is ” Tip Day “on the blog- I have a simple suggestion that  should add a dose of Pretty in your day and it’s done with something you already have laying around the house. Ready????

If you’ve been storing your pretty Pearls(be it faux or real)perhaps it’s time to  take them out of storage and start accessorizing. Pearls have major staying power – when it comes to style and I’m here to offer some images that I hope will reignite your love for pearls and inspire you to start wearing or at least displaying some “Pretty Pearls” around you.  Have a fabulous Tuesday.  xoT.

When in doubt.. Pearls can Dress UP your Decor & more!

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Sep 8, 2021

Handbag Hang UP!!!!

Posted By: Terri
Category: Uncategorized

Happy Hump Day!  If you’re looking for an easy and affordable way to hang UP  your  handbags , I just happen to have a few suggestions that should absolutely meet all your handbag hanging needs.  This post was inspired by a wonderful friend of mine who inquired about this very problem and I am happy to say I found a bevy of resources on Etsy. All links have been provided/just click on the image you desire and whah lah.. you are ready to shop for your perfect handbag hangers.

 

Etsy Shop Closetly Set of 3 Luxury Handbag Hangers $39.90

Etsy.co The Baga Vie Delux Handbag Hanger 3 for $24.00

Etsy Le Sac Bag 6 Pocket hanging Handbag storage $19.99 SALE $9.99

Etsy Home Cosey Designs Handbag Storage $17.55 each

Etsy Ecla Handbag Dust Bag Price $12.99

Etsy Tote Hanger $9.99 (pack of 4)

 

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