Aug 24, 2020

Chair Whimsy

Posted By: Terri
Category: Glamorous Decor

Are you in the mood for a little Chair Whimsy?

Wellll-I just might have a site for you to see that will quell those craving. Chair  Whimsy just so happens to be the name of the ETSY shop owned and operated by  Wendy Conklin. Her design eye and color combos are so vibrant and the reviews are 5 star! If perchance you’re  looking for a little chair inspo or perhaps perusing for a new side chair or looking to upgrade the chairs in your dining room -take a peak at her offerings. All her designs are custom and made to order.

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Customizable French Chair from Chair Whimsy (Etsy Shop)

French Chairs form Chair Whimsy

Eclectic Frida Dining Chairs

Eclectic Boho Chairs @ Etsy Shop Chair Whimsy

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Aug 24, 2020

Monday Moment of Motivation

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

Never be afraid to fail..

For it’s often by failing that we find the path to success.

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Aug 20, 2020

Today’s Quick Tip & other Tidbits

Posted By: Terri

Happy Thursday! Today I’m offering a quick tip to shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and taking  advantage  of what is often overlooked-The Daily Deal.  Everyday during the Sale  which runs (August 19 to August 30) you can take advantage of a different deal each day -listed at 50% off. If you want a little heads up on what the offerings : Click on the image below.

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Aug 18, 2020

Tuesday..Trend Alert…Not so Basic Black

Posted By: Terri

If you read my blog on any sort of continuous basis you KNOW I have a major penchant for black.  As of late I can’t help but notice that this basic black obsession has made it’s way into Interior Decor. Call me crazy, but I don’t recall seeing so many black accent walls in the past in terms of Interiors. It goes without saying that this “Basic Black”  trend is not so basic  and  I must say at the same time it is beautiful.

Soooooo if you’re in the mood to change things up a bit (since  let’s face it we’ve been quarantined for so long- the basic white wall is starting to close in on us) might I suggest that you consider putting a splash of black in your home. It’s not only a  wonderful accent statement BUT black is known to ground a room which is always a good thing. Enjoy!

*To source original site(s) just click on the pic

 

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Aug 17, 2020

Monday Memo

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

Just a little something to think about….

If you’re looking for a few suggestions on how to start a new endeavor or perhaps revisit a goal that you’ve had on the back burner, here are a few suggestions to get you going in the direction of your dreams.

1.Write it down. I know this is not new , but the number one way to get yourself motivated and to serve as a sort of “road map” to your dream is to WRITE IT DOWN. That means taking pen to paper and  write as specifically as possible what you want to attain.

2. Baby Steps:  Set  a specific time  aside each day to work toward this goal. I highly recommend  committing to your schedule –10 minutes each day to focus on an action toward attaining your goal. More times than not -this 10 minutes will turn into a longer session of productivity. The whole point of this exercise is to get yourself to consistently show up.

3. Block out Negativity:  Shut off any inner conversation with yourself and those of other  that say: You can’t do whatever your goal is…because(insert a  plethora of reasons). Only share your ideas and ask for suggestions from those that can offer support and some guidance or constructive feedback.

4. Be Open to learning: There are so many avenues and resources  via the Internet . If  you need  to learn a new skill, research information or searching for resources to buy sell or complete your project there are a bevy of resources available at your fingertips-all you need do is  “Google.”

3.  Visualize: See the end result. This serves to keep you motivated and focused. As the saying goes…Keep your “Eye on the Prize.”

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Aug 10, 2020

Monday Motivation

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

A message of Hope during these  challenging times….

Happy Monday!

I came upon this lovely quote  and thought it was the perfect reminder to get our week started off in the right direction and perhaps provide a modicum of hope, which I believe we are all in need of at this very moment.

We must continue to remain vigilant during this epidemic by wearing  face masks, being  mindful of social distancing and  do our best to avoid crowds.

It is my deepest hope that someday soon, everything will  work out (they will find a vaccine that works with no harmful side effects, jobs are restored and the economy stars flourishing again) when  we can finally embrace a world that is  kinder, healthier, happier and more abundant  than ever before.

Here’s to hope!

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Aug 9, 2020

Sunday

Posted By: Terri
Category: Health & Wellness

Happy Sunday!

Just in case you needed a reminder…

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Aug 4, 2020

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

Today was National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Were you aware that  THIS was today,because truth be told-.I had no idea that the Chocolate Chip Cookie  had it’s own holiday.

Just about everyone has their own “go to”  chocolate chip cookie recipe BUT let’s face it we’re always one the lookout for the absolute BEST  version .

Years ago I came across a recipe in my local newspaper  ( The St. Louis Post Dispatch) posted in the FOOD section and provided by a reader in the area.  Pre Google and Pinterest, I clipped this little ditty out of the paper and have had it in my recipe box (Yes..I STILL have a recipe box-no judging) since then.  I am here to tell you that this little baby is THE ABSOLUTE BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE EVER! There-I said it and now I’ll post it, so you too can give it and go and let me know if you feel the same after baking a batch or two or ten. I’ve given this recipe to many a friend and they all stand by it today.I hope you enjoy and have a fabulous National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. If it’s to late to bake today ,remember there’s always tomorrow because let’s face it -every day  is a good day to have a homemade cookie.

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup salted butter, slightly melted
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (don’t ask why-just put it in-promise this is a winner)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • Coarse sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the flour, baking soda and the salt: Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl beat together the butter, sugars, vanilla extract and the vinegar until smooth. Beat in the egg just until combined.
  4. Mix the flour mixture into the wet mixture just until combined. Stir in the chips.
  5. Using a large cookie scoop (about 2 rounded tablespoons) drop about 3 inches apart onto cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, they will look light brown around the edges and will look underdone in the center. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle each cookie with a little sea salt. Allow to sit on the sheet for 10 minutes before moving to a rack to cool.

 

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Aug 4, 2020

Tuesday’s Tip (Steal of a Deal)

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion tips

Today’s Tuesday’s Tip is  all about affordable finds courtesy of  Ann Taylor. Today and today ONLY- “Ann has a plan” to put a new dress or jumpsuit- in your Summer rotation. On the site today Ann Taylor is  offering a select set of  styles and marked them down to $50.00. Am I reading that right?!   Yes.

Soooo go buy  yourself a little pick me up and add a dose of happy to your day.

Here are 4  of my favorites …

#1. Madras Plaid Belted Halter (Originally $159.00 SALE $50.00) TODAY ONLY 8/4/2020

#2. Jersey Belted Halter in Night Sky                                                          (Originally $169.00 TODAY ONLY $50.00)

#3. Ruffled Sleeve Belted Maxi in Wild Poppy ($149.00 TODAY $50.00)

#4. Double Ruffle Sheath dress ($129.00 TODAY ONLY $50.00)            “Because a girl can never have to many LBD’s”

 

Style Tip(s)

To make the looks above a bit more designer..add a great belt to options 2 and 3 for interest and contrast

Braided Belt perfect for #3

Braided Belt (Banana Republic) $68.00

And a fabulous pair of pumps to #4.-my personal choice is leopard.

Sam Edelman.com (great selection at affordable price points) ***Check out my favorite on the site the JAINA D’ORSAY PUMP-Orig: $150.00 SALE $59.95)

 

ASOS Design Porto Pointed High Heel ($40.00 Sale $24.45)

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Aug 3, 2020

Monday Motivation

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

As we continue navigating through this challenging time- try as best you can to focus on what you truly desire.   So often it’s keeping that vision front and center to get to it’s fruition. There’s that and a strong sense of focus coupled with baby steps in the direction of your dream.

Here’s to achieving and believing in all you desire.

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