Jun 14, 2021

Summertime Table Settings

Posted By: Terri
Category: Uncategorized

Image courtesy of Tumblr/Original Source unavailable

Well it’s been a minute and what a weekend it was…I hope you had a relaxing and fun filled Saturday and Sunday.

My weekend was filled spending hours on end with…the cable guy. Yes ,THE CABLE Guy, and although he was a very nice gentlemen- let me say that without phone, internet and TV including Wi Fi-one might feel that they have been sent to another planet. Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate some major down time filled with silence to collect my thoughts and decompress  however, being devoid of any and all methods available to communicate (without the use of technology)  to reach another human being on Earth is challenging to say the least.

This turn of events got me to thinking. “What did we do before technology-I’m talking ALL of it. Cell phones, text, computers, Wi Fi? Oh, that’s right- we actually spoke to each other in person.  I often wonder if  talking in person or phone has become obsolete- because more times than not, I find people prefer to text rather than pick up a phone.

So here’s a little suggestion for this upcoming Summer: Make a plan /or plans to get out and be with other people . Converse aka TALK and hold a conversation (not text) , share a meal ,reach out and do something with a group of friends.  Savor every moment that you can because we are long overdue (about 15 months overdue). I hope this Summer is filled with wonderful moments that bring beautiful memories for you and your family.

Now if you thought I was just going to yammer on about bringing people together without some stylish inspo..that would be  a NO. I thought you might enjoy a bevy of beautiful Summertime table settings  to get you in the mood and invite and entertain family and friends.  Enjoy!!!

Image Courtesy of Tory Burch.com

Tips for Setting the perfect Summer Table

  1. Pick a theme
  2. Pick a color scheme
  3. Think about items you already have in your home to decorate:
    1. Bowls  or glass containers filled with fresh fruit
    2. Bowls of  glass containers filled with colorful vegetables
    3. Candles, candles and more candles
    4. Flowers are ALWAYS a good idea
    5. Seashells
    6. Rocks in various colors
    7. Greenery
    8. Woven wicker baskets/placemats/bowls
  4. Have fun and don’t overthink things. If you don’t have enough seating -roll out numerous blankets/pillows and set up your party picnic style !

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Jun 11, 2021

Details…. in White

Posted By: Terri
Category: Uncategorized

Summer is upon us and that means  it’s high time we break out the Summer Whites. I will be writing a post next week about: How to wear white-Right/HINT- undergarments are key as is fit BUT for today I thought you might enjoy some beautiful stylish white outfits with wonderful details ! Enjoy!

Cushnie et Ochs (Courtesy of frechoffence on Flickr

Image courtesy of Burberry.com

Image Courtesy of Zimmerman.com

 

Image Cushnie RTW courtesy of WWD

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Jun 8, 2021

Tuesday’s Tip-POP of Color to Perk you UP!

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion tips

If you’re looking for a surefire way to perk UP your look -it’ can be as simple as putting on something  with a major POP of color in a pretty print for Summer 2021. . .

                         Here are a few examples and moments of style inspiration to inspire you to :

                                  “Embrace a POP of PRINT in beautiful colorful shades for Summer . “

 

Image Courtesy Vogue.com Dolce & Gabbana

Image Courtesy of Versace

Image Courtesy of Vogue.com Dolce & Gabbana

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Jun 7, 2021

Monday

Posted By: Terri
Category: Uncategorized

Good Morning and Happy Monday! In case you need a little reminder and mayyyybe a morning boost to get you going …HERE YOU GO! Repeat after me and have a fabu day. xoxoT

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Jun 1, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Summer Reading Suggestions

Posted By: Terri
Category: Tuesday's Tip

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Now that we’re in the midst of a shortened work week, I know I’m not alone thinking that today was actually Monday. Are you with me? Anywho..here we are and I hope you are making PLANS for a wonderful Summer. To get the ball rolling I wanted to share 3 Summer reads that I am planning on partaking in: I’ve listed my three reads and a short synopsis for each to give you a little 411. Each is a bestseller and bound to entertain and inspire.

Favorite Fiction  Pick:

Instant #1 New York Times bestseller
A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Selection!
A gripping mystery about a woman who thinks she’s found the love of her life—until he disappears.

Before Owen Michaels disappears, he smuggles a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers—Owen’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey. Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. Bailey, who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother.

As Hannah’s increasingly desperate calls to Owen go unanswered, as the FBI arrests Owen’s boss, as a US marshal and federal agents arrive at her Sausalito home unannounced, Hannah quickly realizes her husband isn’t who he said he was. And that Bailey just may hold the key to figuring out Owen’s true identity—and why he really disappeared.

Hannah and Bailey set out to discover the truth. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize they’re also building a new future—one neither of them could have anticipated.

With its breakneck pacing, dizzying plot twists, and evocative family drama, The Last Thing He Told Me is a riveting mystery, certain to shock you with its final, heartbreaking turn.

A Dose of Inspiration: 

 

A little 411:
In her most revealing and powerful memoir yet, the activist, speaker, bestselling author, and “patron saint of female empowerment” (People) explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet others’ expectations and start trusting the voice deep within us.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY O: The Oprah Magazine • The Washington Post • Cosmopolitan • Marie Claire • Bloomberg • Parade • “Untamed will liberate women—emotionally, spiritually, and physically. It is phenomenal.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of City of Girls and Eat Pray Love

This is how you find yourself.

There is a voice of longing inside each woman. We strive so mightily to be good: good partners, daughters, mothers, employees, and friends. We hope all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. We look at our lives and wonder: Wasn’t it all supposed to be more beautiful than this? We quickly silence that question, telling ourselves to be grateful, hiding our discontent—even from ourselves.

For many years, Glennon Doyle denied her own discontent. Then, while speaking at a conference, she looked at a woman across the room and fell instantly in love. Three words flooded her mind: There She Is. At first, Glennon assumed these words came to her from on high. But she soon realized they had come to her from within. This was her own voice—the one she had buried beneath decades of numbing addictions, cultural conditioning, and institutional allegiances. This was the voice of the girl she had been before the world told her who to be. Glennon decided to quit abandoning herself and to instead abandon the world’s expectations of her. She quit being good so she could be free. She quit pleasing and started living.

Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both an intimate memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live. It is the story of navigating divorce, forming a new blended family, and discovering that the brokenness or wholeness of a family depends not on its structure but on each member’s ability to bring her full self to the table. And it is the story of how each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honor our anger and heartbreak, and unleash our truest, wildest instincts so that we become women who can finally look at ourselves and say: There She Is.

Insightful:

Sharon Stone tells her own story: a journey of healing, love, and purpose.

She was one of the most renowned actresses in the world—until a massive stroke cost her not only her health, but her career, family, fortune, and global fame. In The Beauty of Living Twice, Sharon Stone chronicles her efforts to rebuild her life, and the slow road back to wholeness and health. In an industry that doesn’t accept failure, in a world where too many voices are silenced, Stone found the power to return, the courage to speak up, and the will to make a difference in the lives of women and children around the globe.

Over the course of these intimate pages, as candid as a personal conversation, Stone talks about her pivotal roles, her life-changing friendships, her worst disappointments, and her greatest accomplishments. She reveals how she went from a childhood of trauma and violence to a business that in many ways echoed those same assaults, under cover of money and glamour. She describes the strength and meaning she found in her children, and in her humanitarian efforts. And ultimately, she shares how she fought her way back to find not only her truth, but her family’s reconciliation and love.

Stone made headlines not just for her beauty and her talent, but for her candor and her refusal to “play nice,” and it’s those same qualities that make this memoir so powerful. The Beauty of Living Twice is a book for the wounded, and a book for the survivors; it’s a celebration of women’s strength and resilience, a reckoning, and a call to activism. It is proof that it’s never too late to raise your voice, and speak out.

 

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May 26, 2021

One Snappy Salad

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

Memorial Day is fast approaching and I thought you might enjoy a simple and delish salad that you can whip together faster than you can snap your fingers,(hence the reason why I call it my Snappy Salad). I make this salad on repeat and have served it time and time again for friends and family. The verdict is always the same-EVERYONE LOVES it! So I feel pretty confident in sharing the recipe because it’s my fail safe-fast easy and yummy!

* All items are purchased at my neighborhood Trader Joe’s. Full Disclosure: I don’t really measure anything but eyeball how much of each item I prefer…because I’m a believer that when it comes to this Snappy Salad:

“Do as you wish and I promise it will be delish!”

Ingredients

*Use as little or as much of each item as you wish. 

  • 3 Organic Persian Cucumbers
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup Organic Sugar Plum Tomatoes
  • 1 Large Beet cut up *OR (I use Trader Joe’s Beets in Vinaigrette -It’s fantastic and I take about 5 larger pieces from  the jar and cut them into smaller  pieces then  I add to salad)
  • 1/4 cup feta
  • Sprinkle with  Traders Joe’s Roasted and Unsalted Sunflower Seeds

Dressing: 2 options:

  1. Lightly dress with  the juice contained in the Beet jar and lightly drizzle with honey OR
  2. Lightly dress with EVOO and drizzle with honey

You can serve immediately or cover and chill in fridge for later.

ENJOY!

 

 

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May 24, 2021

Monday Moment…(of kindness)

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

Let’s admit it…The world got a little crazy during the Pandemic.

Now that things are really opening UP and getting back to what we could consider normal or a version of  what we once knew as normal, I have noticed -as of late a bit of tension that looms when I’m out and about. Perhaps this hostility is partly due to being locked down for so long and withdrawn from the outside world. Did we somehow forget  how to act around the general public?.. So for the sake of sanity and doing a small part in making the world a little better place- I have a suggestion that I hope will brighten all of our days as we interact with each other:

Be kind.

It’s been a rough 14 months-for all of us (and for many -much harder than we could  even imagine) so at the very least extend  a simple act of kindness or a gesture of acceptance when you’re interacting with others .YES this includes even complete strangers. . You never know when that simple act of kindness might just be the BEST thing that happened to that person in a long time.

Kindness….it can make an Impact (in the best of ways)!

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May 20, 2021

Sensational Summer Dresses to Inspire

Posted By: Terri

Hello Glamour Girl. I cannot believe that in 10 days it’s Memorial Day, and you KNOW what that means…tah dah dah dah-The unofficial Start of Summer. (Summer officially begins on June 20, but so much for details) !

When most women think of Summer -our heads go to the dreaded swimsuit-because no woman I’ve ever met-(unless she’s a Supermodel-and even then it’s questionable)is happy as to how we appear in the mirror .

 Soooo for the sake of sanity, I thought best to ease into Summer Apparel by featuring a plethora of beautiful selections from the Elie Saab RTW Collection that are in a word are “Breathtaking. “I hope this inspires you to put on some “pretty” this Summer and to start dressing UP!

Here’s a collective Yah!!! for Summer of 2021.

Go forth and look fabulous!

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May 17, 2021

Monday Memo

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

A gentle reminder:

Surround yourself (today and everyday) by those that lift you UP!

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May 17, 2021

Today’s PSA

Posted By: Terri
Category: Uncategorized

The Pandemic has brought out the best and sadly the worst in people and there seems to be an overwhelming amount of scams happening to consumers. Sophisticated fraud attacks are on the rise, and even the most tech-savvy amongst us is still falling victim to some of the commonly used tactics. To make sure you’re not one of them, here are some of the main red flags to look out for.

PHISHING

This term commonly refers to scams sent via email. These are extremely common, but there are some ways to spot the real deal from the fakes:

Red Flag #1: The message is sent from a public email domain.
If you receive an email where the domain name – i.e. the word after the @ symbol – looks suspect, it probably is. “No legitimate organization will send emails from an address that ends @gmail.com – not even Google.”

“Most organizations, except some small operations, will have their own email domain and company accounts. For example, legitimate emails from Google will read @google.com. If the domain name matches the apparent sender of the email, the message is probably legitimate.” The best way to check? Type the company’s name into a search engine and see what comes up – that’s the name you should expect to see somewhere in the email address. If you don’t, delete and move on.

RED FLAG #2 The domain name is wrong but the sender’s name looks right
Most people’s inboxes are formatted to display a name. It’s only natural, therefore, to assume you know who the message is from and open the email right away. “When crooks create their bogus email addresses, they often have the choice to select the display name, which doesn’t have to relate to the email address at all.”  “They can, therefore, use a bogus email address that will turn up in your inbox with a legitimate-looking display name.”

To try and counteract this, make sure you look at the full email address and see what you think based on the advice above – just be warned, some bogus email addresses will use the spoofed organization’s name in some part of the address. To double check, visit the company’s proper website and see if there’s a ‘contact us’ page – you’ll be able to see what their actual domain name should look like here.

Red Flag #3: The email is poorly written
You can often tell if an email is a scam if it’s full of poor spelling and grammar and, simply put, it just doesn’t make sense. “Many people will tell you that such errors are part of a ‘filtering system’ in which cyber criminals target only the most gullible people.”

“The theory is that, if someone ignores clues about the way the message is written, they’re less likely to pick up clues during the scammer’s endgame. However, this only applies to outlandish schemes like the oft-mocked Nigerian prince scam, which you have to be incredibly naive to fall victim to. That, and scams like it, are manually operated: once someone takes to the bait, the scammer has to reply. As such, it benefits the crooks to make sure the pool of respondents contains only those who might believe the rest of the con.”

Just bear in mind that some attacks can also be automated, which are less likely to contain spelling errors. The grammar might still be a bit weird though, so check it thoroughly, including the email address before you reply.

Red Flag #4: It includes suspicious attachments or links
No matter how phishing emails are delivered – be it to your computer, phone or tablet – they all contain what’s known as a ‘payload’. Luke explains: “This will either be an infected attachment that you’re asked to download or a link to a bogus website. The purpose of these payloads is to capture sensitive information, such as login credentials, credit card details, phone numbers and account numbers.”

The crucial thing to remember is that once you open these attachments or click through to these links, it’s most likely too late. “Never open an attachment unless you are fully confident that the message is from a legitimate party.”  “Even then, you should look out for anything suspicious in the attachment.” As for links, you can usually spot a suspicious one if the destination address doesn’t match the context of the rest of the email. “For example, if you receive an email from Netflix, you’d expect the link to direct you towards an address that begins ‘netflix.com’.”

Red Flag #5: The message creates a sense of urgency
Scammers know that most of us procrastinate, which explains why so many scams request that you act now or else it will be too late . “PayPal, Windows and Netflix all provide services that are regularly used, for example, and any problems with those accounts could cause immediate inconveniences.” Phishing scams like this are particularly dangerous because, even if you do suspect foul play, you might be too afraid to risk it by not replying or attempting to get in contact.

SMISHING

You might not have heard of this term, but you’ve almost certainly encountered it – it refers to scam texts which are sent to your phone. Here’s how to spot ones which present a danger:

Red Flag #1: The phone number looks like a mobile
It’s very rare for legitimate companies to use mobile numbers to get in touch with customers – be it banks, utility providers and many more. “If in doubt, only use the number on the back of your bank card, or search for the number online.” “If it’s a known fake number there’ll be information on the internet.”

Second, look out for spelling or grammar inconsistencies – similar to phishing emails. “There might be spelling mistakes, or the text just addresses you as Sir or Madam. Real messages from these companies will usually address you by your full name.”

No legitimate organization will send emails from an address that ends @gmail.com – not even Google

Red Flag #2: It asks you to follow a link to enter your details
It should go without saying that you should never click any links in texts. “If in doubt, go directly to the website and log in as normal,” says Colin. “If there really is a problem, you’ll have a message on the website telling you what to do.” If you do click the link, however, be vigilant throughout the process. “Many scammers have developed very close replicas of genuine websites to fool you.”  “But there’ll be some signs it’s not legitimate, such as odd spelling or low-quality graphics. If there’s a number for you to call, check it matches with the one on the back of your debit or credit card. If in doubt, call the number on your bank card to find out if there’s an issue.”

Red Flag #3: They know enough to fool you
While professional scammers are unlikely to know everything about you, they’re great at giving the impression they know you well enough to trust them. But no matter how much they imply they know, never ever give them more.  “Never give out personal details under any circumstances. No legitimate company is going to ask you to reveal personal or security information over the phone and under no circumstances tell a caller or texter your PIN, password or any other piece of information that could compromise your account.”

Another tip is to see how the company is addressing you. “Legitimate companies will normally address you by your full name as a way of helping you spot fraudulent messages,” says Colin. “Scammers probably won’t know your full name, so will use something generic such as Sir, Madam or valued customer.” This way, even if they claim to know your account number or anything else personal, you’ll know instantly it’s not genuine.

COLD CALLS

This might be considered a tad old school these days, but you’re no less likely to be targeted over the phone than by other means.

Red Flag #1: They claim they’re calling from your bank
“Someone may call claiming to be from your bank telling you there’s a problem with your card or account.” The caller will often sound professional and try to convince you that your card has been cloned or that your money is at risk. They may ask for your account and card details, including your PIN number, and even offer to send a courier to collect your card. They may also advise transferring your money to a ‘safe account’ to protect it. This is a common scam and your bank would never ask you to do this.”

Red Flag #2: They say you’re entitled to compensation
An oldie but a goodie, this one is a textbook scam. “This is a call from a company asking about a car accident you’ve supposedly had claiming you may be entitled to compensation.” “Some of these could be genuine companies looking for business, but others are scammers. Don’t engage in these calls. If you’ve had an accident, call your own insurance company on the phone number provided on your policy.”

Red Flag #3: The person claims to be the IRS
Just because someone claims to be a person of authority doesn’t mean they are. “You may get a call from someone claiming to be from IRS saying there is an issue with your tax refund or an unpaid tax bill.”  “They may leave a message and ask you to call back. Again, don’t be fooled by this.  THE IRS would never contact you this way and would never ask you to reveal personal financial information such as your bank account details.”

Equally, if someone claims to be a financial professional, it’s highly unlikely they’d approach you this way. “You could get a call about an ‘unmissable’ investment opportunity or offering you the opportunity to access your pension cash earlier.”

Don’t cave to pressure. Scammers will try to rush you into providing personal details or claim your bank account is at risk if you don’t give them the information right away

Red Flag #4: They tell you they’re only trying to help
Think of this last one as the ‘anti-scam scam’. “This is a call from someone claiming to be from a charity supporting scam victims, a company selling anti-scam technology, or from someone demanding money to renew your Telephone Preference Service registration, which is actually free.”

“Be alert to all of these. Older people are often a target for scammers, so it’s important to be aware of phone scams and how to handle them. First, don’t reveal personal details. Never give out personal or financial information and if you feel harassed or intimidated, or if the caller talks over you without giving you a chance to speak, end the call,” the team adds.

If you’re still in doubt, ring the organization. Just make sure you find the number yourself and don’t use the one provided by the caller. Finally, don’t cave to pressure. Scammers will try to rush you into providing personal details or claim your bank account is at risk if you don’t give them the information right away.

Red Flag #5: You get a missed call requesting you call back
This is an odd one, but it’s potentially dangerous, say the experts. “Scammers use automated systems to dial mobile numbers.”  “The call often lasts less than a second and comes up as a missed call. Calls will typically be from a number beginning 070 or 076 (which look like mobile numbers but cost considerably more to call) or from non-geographic numbers such as those beginning 084, 087, 090, 091 or 118. Anyone who does call the number back is charged for as long as they’re on the phone.”

It’s also possible they’ll attempt to leave you an automated voicemail asking you to ring your bank or utility provider on a specific number but beware – it’s usually a phony number which redirects straight back to the scammer, who’s ready and waiting to take down all of your private details. Instead, phone the number on the back of your debit or credit card and try to speak to someone independent who can advise you on whether the call was genuine.

If you think you’ve been scammed follow these steps pronto:

STEP ONE: If you’ve been tricked into providing your bank details, contact your bank and let them know. If you think your account has already been hacked (you may have received messages sent from your account that you don’t recognize, or you may have been locked out of your account), CALL YOUR BANK OR FINANCIAL INSTITUTION ASAP!

STEP TWO: If you received the message on a work laptop or phone, contact your IT department and let them know.  If you opened a link on your computer, or followed instructions to install software, open your antivirus (AV) software if you have it, and run a full scan.

STEP THREE: If you’ve given out your password, you should change the passwords on any of your accounts which use the same password.

STEP FOUR: If you’ve lost money, tell your bank and report it as a crime to your local police department.

*DISCLAIMER: Nothing published by GoToGlamourGirl  is intended to constitute financial or legal advice. The statements reflected in this article reflect the opinions of the individuals or companies, and them alone. Always consult a qualified, independent professional before making any financial or legal decisions which might affect you.

This post was originally posted in SheerLuxe.com Gold Edition May 17, 2021 and I have edited the details for persons living in the United States.
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