Dec 2, 2020

Season of Sparkle

Posted By: Terri
Category: Glamorous Decor

Christmas is my  favorite time of year ,and I have a feeling I share this sentiment with  many of my beautiful readers.

Bearing in mind that we’re going to be dealing with the ongoing pandemic during the Christmas holidays this year, I’m mindful that to “stay safe and healthy “we’re all going to have to hunker down and cancel a large majority (if not all )of our usual holiday plans. But the good news is that there’s still time to bring on some SPARKLE and make the holidays as pretty as possible  not only for you and your family but for your neighbors.    Keeping SPARKLE at the forefront of  our holiday decorating  will  lift your spirits and BRIGHTEN our holiday season.

 

 

Taking it indoors….

 

 

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Nov 27, 2020

Weekend Mood

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

Thoughts on THANKSGIVING weekend…

Quick question…Did you start you day with pumpkin pie for breakfast? Or did you opt out for the pecan pie or cookies or whatever you fancied that wasn’t your usual healthy way to start your day????

Well, let me just tell you that this weekend  YOU get a hall pass. Thanksgiving is the time of year that you may find yourself dipping into the dessert tray before noon or having a snack at the oddest times of the day, skipping workouts and sitting in your jammies until well until it’s time to go BACK to bed. But it’s all good. That’s the beauty of Thanksgiving. It’s the time of year to give thanks, enjoy a great meal to your hearts content and remind yourself how grateful you are for everything you do have. It’s been a rough 2020 ….so savor everything that brings you joy.

Monday we can get back on the treadmill and the bandwagon of healthy eating and working out.

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Nov 27, 2020

Small Business Saturday

Posted By: Terri
Category: Uncategorized

FBF Shopping Boutiques and Small  Business Owners on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

This Saturday is  Small Business Saturday .

Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses and communities across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

In today’s Pandemic climate it’s the Small Business owner that has been hit the hardest, sooooo if per chance you’re thinking of leaving your home tomorrow (mask in hand and being mindful of social distancing) I  hope you’ll support  and shop your local small businesses today. P.S. It’s the perfect time to start your Christmas shopping and many local retailers have  one day sales and specials  for those that shop their store. Go and DO!

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Nov 23, 2020

Simple and Stylish Settings

Posted By: Terri
Category: Glamorous Decor

The countdown is ON and if you’re serving Thanksgiving dinner to your immediate family and don’t want to spend gobs of time on table Decor here are a few QUICK and super simple styling solutions to update your utensil presentation.

When in doubt and serving buffet style, put utensils in a pretty  glass jar or silver container.

Feathers are fun and festive ..Add a little charm that you can find at a craft store and whah lah ..Beautiful table setting.

 

A little ribbon can go a long way in making your place settings look pretty.

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Nov 23, 2020

Monday Mantra

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

Tis the season of Giving . (Today I’m featuring one of my all time favorite quotes on the subject).

Happy Monday . I hope the week ahead is filled with moments of giving and gratitude.

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Nov 22, 2020

Sew Happy Sunday #3

Posted By: Terri
Category: Sew Happy

Sew Happy Sunday #3 features a fall staple- the classic bow blouse and gored skirt. Full disclosure: I made this outfit awhile ago but I felt the outfit was a perfect “fit” to celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.  Happy Sunday and P.S. both items are easy to make.

 

 

Pattern Info and Details

Both patterns are out of print BUT bow blouse patterns continue to be in fashion and  full flair skirts patterns can be found on all the major pattern sites. 

More times than not I add lining to my skirt patterns Lining allows the skirt to skim the body and flow more beautifully.

 

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Nov 20, 2020

Thanksgiving Table Inspo

Posted By: Terri
Category: Uncategorized

This year…Thanksgiving is going to be a “bit different” BUT  that doesn’t mean we have to scrap the whole day and not have some sort of festive celebration for our immediate family aka those living in your home, otherwise known in 2020 as your POD.

Image Courtesy of Dimple and Tangles

Last year  I hosted a very small gathering for 3 and made (at the last minute) placemats and napkins in Autumnal colors and arranged red roses to let my friends know how happy I was to share the day with them. They were beyond appreciative of the gesture and enjoyed the food and the surroundings. A little effort can go a long way in making guests feel special.

This year  as we celebrate the day with our family  we can still make the day special and go the extra mile by setting a beautiful table. Now more than ever, we all need a little Glamour in our lives and a moment of pretty to keep our spirits lifted. 2020 has certainly been a roller coaster ride- so I urge you to sit down with your family and make your surroundings as beautiful as possible. Trust me on this…they will absolutely love the effort that you took to make the day more festive and so will you.

Image Courtesy of Ella Claire

Beauty is so easy to achieve with:

  • Fresh flowers (* You can purchase at the grocery store and arrange at home)
  • Cloth Placemats and Napkins  or Table runners (Mix and match  and/or make your own)
  • Think outside the box.. and use  Plaid Blankets  as tablecloths

  • Use the good flatware..(no plastic for Thanksgiving…this is a celebration!!
  • Pumpkins, pinecones, branches, leaves, sprigs from the great outdoors
  • Candles Candles Candles

Here are a few of my favorite table settings to get you inspired.

Image Courtesy of Southern Living

Image Courtesy of Rustic Chic

Image Courtesy of Inessa Stewart

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Nov 17, 2020

So Very Velvet

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

I know we’re all changing up our holidays plans BUT I will stand by the notion that it’s always a good idea to have just a little special something on stand by in the closet…just in case.

Below I’ve sourced 3 styles, all in velvet that should lift your spirits this holiday season and if per chance you don’t wear them this year…there’s always next Xmas.

Tadashi Shoji Panit Velvet Evening Gown Couture Candy $606.00

Azezza Cirrus Dress Shopbop.com$895.00 SALE $626.50

Tarik Ediz Floral Embroidered Dress Couture Candy $616.00

 

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Nov 17, 2020

Tuesday Tip(s)..Closet Organization

Posted By: Terri
Category: Closet Organization

I have always been a firm believer that a well organized closet not only brings you calm and clarity, but quite frankly  YOUR CLOSET  should be  a respite where you can stand back and delight in all the items that make you feel good about yourself. If your closet doesn’t do all these things then… ..perhaps we need a mini redo to get you to feel better about your closet space.  Here are a few of my top 5 tips to get you started…

First and foremost only keep items in your closet that make you feel FABULOUS. Anything that doesn’t fit, is ripped, torn or stained has got to go in addition to any items that you just don’t wear. You’ll thank me when you discard these items and make room for new items that add a dose of happy to your wardrobe.

Every closet is easier to navigate when items are hung light to dark within each category. Nuff said.

Divide and Conquer Closet drawers become a mecca of calm when your items are folded neatly and have dividers or separate compartments.

Short on space -Roll your items for additional  storage.

Shoe LOVE-Shoes are easy to navigate by style and heel height when positioned front to back next to each other.

Sweater Storage: It’s always better to fold a sweater BUT if you just don’t have the closet space they can be folded OVER a felt covered hanger so they don’t stretch out. (see below)

Hangers are  the KEY to happiness. I highly recommend using all one type of hanger for closet solidarity. My number one  preference for a neat and tidy closet -would be felt covered hangers. You can also use wood or plastic but to insure that items don’t stretch felt covered is best.

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Nov 16, 2020

Monday Mantra

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

Happy Monday. I hope you had a good weekend and did something that made you happy.

As we start another week and Covid lingers on we must continue collectively to look up and have faith that someday soon this ordeal will  be behind us.

My wish  for each and every one of you is for life to bring you some unexpected moments that bring you immense happiness and add some SPARKLE into your life.

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