5.27.2015

You Look Fab - Feature!

Hi Everyone!

Yes, I'm still on break and enjoying all the activities associated with my two sons.

I'm posting today so I can share a feature I was in over at Angie Cox - You Look Fab. Inge Geleyn did an amazing write-up that I'm very proud to share. I know you'll enjoy it. Here is the link to Petite Peplum Pizzazz - YLF. Enjoy!


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5.21.2015

Busy-ness

Hi Friends!

Because I always want to bring you good content (I hope you think it's good), I will have to take a break for the next two weeks. My oldest is graduating from high school, and with all the busy-ness of end of school year activities and graduation celebrations, it has become increasingly difficult to focus on the blog. I won't completely disappear. You'll find me commenting on my favorite blogs and hovering around Instagram, but as far as publishing posts, I'll have to put that part on hold. Thank you for understanding my commitment to you. In the meantime, you can revisit or visit some of my favorite posts. Enjoy!

Flower Power

The Rancher

A Bouquet for Tcheng

Loud and Clear

Playful

Handkerchief Season

Embracing Femininity

Optimistic + Announcement

Frock

Angelic

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5.20.2015

Vacillate

11:45am - Lately, the weather in Southern California has been somewhat fickle by vacillating between sunny & warm, and cloudy & cool. And since I have already transferred my fall pieces for my spring and summer clothing, the temperament of the weather has completely thrown a wrench into my dressing plans. I'm in the mood for shorts, sandals and cute little sundresses, but the cooler weather and threatening rain clouds cause for a bit more coverage. As I type this message to you, I gaze out my office window, watching as the sun occasionally brightens my world, to then disappear behind the graying clouds. 


Outfit Details - Denim Jacket: LOFT (I purchased mine years ago. Here is LOFT's newer version; Skirt was custom made; Shirred Soften Shirt: LOFT; Silver Mirrored Sandals: Zara (Many options @ Shopstyle); Chain Belt: Macy's 

 





3:00pm - As the day moved forward, the temperatures rose to a lovely 75 degrees, and the clouds became less and less visible. It was necessary to remove the jacket in order to keep cool. We all vacillate between subjects and opinions, I suppose the weather has the right to do so as well {wink}

Friends, with the busy-ness of the end of our school year, my son's school activities, and my husband's work schedule, it has become difficult to find time to take photos. I'm going to take a short break. I'll return the first week of June. In the meantime, you can catch me on Instagram

 
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5.17.2015

Strength

"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it."
Maya Angelou


So true are the words of beloved Maya Angelou...it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are... I think back over my life and early on, I realized that I was/am, in fact, a vulnerable person. In years past, to be vulnerable meant that you were not strong and were deemed as weak. After all, most of us are conditioned to hide our true feelings; to not be totally in tuned to what we like and dislike; to hide behind a smoke screen and not let others know that we hurt, have lost our way, or simply need help in a certain matter. However scary this may all seem, in retrospect, I have discovered by embracing my vulnerability, it gives me pure and utter strength.

Recently I watched Brene Brown at the TED Talks discuss a subject called The Power of Vulnerability (enjoy the video below). During her discussion she points out these important facts: In order to be vulnerable, you have to have the courage to be imperfect. And, vulnerable people have connection because they are willing to let go of who they thought they should be, in order to be their true self. In other words, vulnerable people are not afraid to be authentic. Who doesn't gravitate towards people who are real? I know I most certainly do. That's the connection that Brene Brown talks about. I find it very refreshing to be in the company of a person who is in touch with themselves, and isn't afraid to be imperfect. 

As I studied Brene's topic in greater detail, she also stated vulnerable people are usually creative people. Think about it...The creative mind is an open mind that is ready to explore, discover and be free. To have an open mind, wouldn't it be necessary to be true to yourself? Absolutely! It totally makes sense. To be vulnerable is being true to yourself; living free - not living in bondage which equals STRENGTH.


For today I'm wearing an outfit that speaks to my strength. The sturdy, black turtleneck which represents the courage and stamina it takes to live authentically; the lace skirt demonstrates the delicate process of becoming true - though the process of becoming true may in difficult, in the end, you'll have such lovely details that others will admire. The gold belt represents the link between having the courage to take the delicate steps and becoming true. The sandals for this ensemble are feminine but are in fact, the anchor for this entire story. Though the sandals look delicate, they are in fact sturdy and able to carry me through my journey.

Outfit Details: Lace Skirt Loft (Old. Options HERE); Ann Klein Black Short Sleeve Turtleneck (Options at Shopstyle); Stuart Weitzman Sandals (I've had them for many years. Options in Shopstyle Bridal); Embroidered Bag is vintage.
  








And now, please enjoy the 20 minute video of Brene Brown's talk on the Power of Vulnerability at TED Talks, or what I would like to call it - the STRENGTH of Vulnerability{wink}


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5.13.2015

Frock

If you follow me on Instagram, some of you may have seen me in this little frock with my family on Mother's Day. Mother's Day was quite a casual celebration. Reservations weren't made at a fancy restaurant, rather, I told my family I wanted to spend the day comfortable and relaxed. Since the weather was warm and sunny, we chose to dine at a local hot spot, followed by dessert at Downtown Disney.

I felt super comfy in my little dress. The fit and flare design was perfect for food consumption, and its bright color made my eyes smile. I picked the dress up a few days before when I wandered into a little boutique in one of our college towns known as The Village. Most of the items in the shop were somewhat youthful for me, however this piece was universal in its appeal and a perfect shade of chartreuse. It was begging for me to take it home. The price...drum roll please...$8.00!!! What made my little purchase even more exciting was the fact I already had plenty of accessories to compliment it. On Mother's Day I styled the dress to address my femininity by pairing it with sandals, a dainty necklace, and a colorful wristlet. Today I have chosen to give it a sporty vibe. Enjoy!


There's something magical about throwing on a perfect little frock. A no-fuss way of dressing that gives you complete comfort with their loose design and uncomplicated details. A must have addition to any woman's wardrobe. Throw it on for quick trips to the grocery store, flea market shopping on Sunday, an afternoon movie, spa day, lunch with girlfriends...whatever your day brings. The one I'm wearing in this post is perfect because it can be styled in many different ways with just a simple change of accessories and shoes.

Outfit Details - Frock: unknown (Options on Shopstyle and at Shoptiques); Canvas Tote from Banana Republic from last summer (Options on Shopstyle); Sperry Top-siders at Nordstrom.com; Scarf: Zara (Check out the pretty selection at Loft); Tassel Bracelet: Loft (Past season. Check out the pretty options at Bauble Bar); Watch: Silhouette Crystal by Citizens








Since a frock is the perfect dress for our busy lives, I thought I'd share an App that I recently discovered to help keep our busy lives on point. It's called Wunderlist. I downloaded the App through Google Play Store but I'm sure it's available for Apple products too. It's a great way to create a digital To Do list. The cool thing about the App is you can create all types of lists...grocery, wine, movies to watch, etc. It allows you to sort your items in order of importance and you can even place a reminder tone. In essence, it's a To Do list combined with a calendar. It has many other great features, so, if you're searching for a convenient way to keep track of your life, this may be just the App {wink}
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5.10.2015

One Bold Move

"Go Confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you've imagined."
Henry David Thoreau

The quote by Thoreau speaks to me each time I read it. It is a reminder to live the life I'VE imagined, and not the life someone tries to enforce upon me; but the life I always dreamed of having for myself. 

Often times we find ourselves trapped in the presumptions, manipulations and values that belong to someone else. Until finally, we realize...This is not the way I choose to live my life! We muster-up the courage and become brave. We make one bold move that removes the chains that bind us. Just one bold move is all it takes, and then finally, we become free to move in the direction that leads us on the path of our dreams. Just one bold move, my friends, and then you'll have the strength it takes to capture the life you imagined.

Today, as a I pose near a display that boast the Thoreau quote, I'm dressed confidently in an ensemble that takes a bold move. Who would dare show their stomach in their late 40s? The rules which state it shouldn't be done are to be re-written for those of us who dare to dream and walk in the direction towards them. The baring of the mid represents strength and courage. Enjoy!


Today's outfit speaks of confidence and boldness with its eclectic mix of styles - somewhat of a rebellious spirit unfolds. A sporty hodge-podge that somehow comes together as one. A comfortable pair of sport pants combined with an interesting, capped sleeve, cross front turtleneck that shows a hint of tummy. To give the look a feminine flair - a pair of high heeled strappy sandals. Touches of silver which instantly give the outfit a cool vibe.

Outfit Details: Cross Front Turtleneck: Banana Republic; Lou & Grey Space-dye Zip Pocket Pants: Loft; Strappy Heels: Loft; Aviators: Loft; Baseball Cap: H&M (Old. But many options at Shopstyle)






Polish is Au Natural by essie

 

I speak from experience. I was once that person who was bound by others beliefs and manipulations. Because of this, I was unable to pursue my dreams. It took one bold move which finally gave me the power to move in the direction of my dreams. Often times it isn't others but our own fears which hold us back. Regardless, break the chains. You'll be so glad you did. I hope you all have a wonderful week {wink}
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