Category Archives: Love

The way we were

Mark and I met in 1994 and married in 97.  I was so young, all of 25 years old when we married.

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A N D. . . . here we are 18 years later!

DSC_1315We’ve come a long way. . . 2 son’s who are now 6 and 9, my stepson is 27 and this summer we welcomed a daughter-in-law into the family.  Our family has grown and continues to change, but one thing remains the same…us!

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When in doubt, wear RED

Don’t just wear red for the holidays.  Red can be a staple color.  Everyone likes the way the color looks, so you’ll be making people around you smile!  Why wouldn’t you want to wear Red!

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lace knitted scarf cherry red - looks like quite a challenge

Red Pants + Striped Blazer. Saw a cute one at Sam's, maybe I should get it.
Red Plaid Skirt, Red Jacket, Red Sweater, Black Boots.

Tendencias en el maquillaje! ojos deliniados y boca en rojo

red hair dont care  demi lovato

red blazer & destroyed jeans

Words of wisdom #red #quote #inspiration
Photo credits: Pinterest

Fabulous DIY

Gift giving is one of my most favorite things Ever!  I just love doing it, always have and I love getting gifts, well….when they are thoughtful.  If you’re going to Give, then make it good.  Just giving a gift is not good enough, make the gift count.  It doesn’t have to be expensive if the gift is special.  Here is one of the gifts I gave this year.

Start with this. . . .

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To make this . . . .

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I start with thinking about the person I’m giving this gift to…what is their style?  Funky, country, earthy, rock n roll, etc.  Keeping in mind your friends’ style and home decor while you shop for your frame.  Also, the photo must be fabulous. . .a photo that makes you smile because of what is happening, the place and the people.  Determine if the photo fits the frame well.  Don’t put a sleek looking black and white photo in a pine frame.  Do what makes sense.

Supplies you’ll need:  glitter glue, super glue, letter or words, accents and tons of rhinestones.

The process:  make sure you have some time on your hands, and don’t forget to start this project early to account for drying time.  I layout the larger items along the frame first.  The lettering may need spray painting, but if you buy pre-painted letters then you’re all set.   Super glue works the best to glue the rhinestones on and I alternate colors and sizes.  Once those are all down and dried, go back and fill in the left over spaces with glitter glue.  You may want to add smaller rhinestones in these smaller areas as well.  On a scale of DIY projects this one is pretty simple, yet so chic and awesome!

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Made the birthday girl H*A*P*P*Y ! ! ! ! !

Giving a thoughtful gift actually in turn gives back to the gift giver.  It’s very rewarding for someone to enjoy a DIY gift that you created yourself.  It can be as simple as a poem that you wrote and added in an embellished frame!  Or a hand drawn picture or you’re own art.  I love quotes, so why not frame an amazing quote in a beautiful complimentary embellished frame!  Go For It!  Think, Plan and Do!  Happy DIY-ing!

Love me Love me not

Love me Love me not

H M velvet jacket
$24 – hm.com

Ankle boots
amazon.com

Pink handbag
amazon.co.uk

Balenciaga scarve
farfetch.com

Happy Birthday

I’m not sure why but I sure do love a birthday party!!!  To me it’s special to get together with friends and family and enjoy food, drink and conversation.  Of course I don’t need a reason to get dressed up, but it sure is sweeter with people who you hold close to your heart!  Birthday’s are a time to enjoy, reflect, connect, indulge, celebrate and cheers!  I adore my friends and family.  Here are some of the looks that happened over my birthday celebration!  Thank you to all that are a part of my life.  I’m better for knowing you…you know who you are.  I’m ever grateful to be able to do what I love and love what I do.  Cheers to all!

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Happy 100

Make any cake classy with this candelabra. Keepin it Classy.
HAPPY 100 POSTS!!!!!!
99 posts ago I had no idea that I would be so passionate about my blog and writing posts.  Writing about fashion, home design & my jobs makes me very proud, happy and I love that this isn’t work~ it’s amazing fulfilling and oh so fun.
The success of my blog is due to my followers and fellow blogger who share my passions and really help me feel wonderful about what I share.  I look forward to my next 100 posts!  Thank you for reading and being interested in what I love!!  CHEERS!!

Vintage Wedding Boys

My boys were ring barrier’s in their brother’s beautiful wedding on September 7.  The bride and groom wanted a vintage wedding vibe, so not only was the decor vintage but the wedding party wore suspenders and caps.

I had my boys hats, ties and suspenders handmade from Etsy.

Their outfits fit right in & they LOVED being part of their brothers’ wedding!

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Caps by Averylee Kids

Suspenders & Ties by Tiny Tots Clothing

Shirts by Gymboree

Khaki’s by Joe’s Jeans

       Shoes by  GAP

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I know I’m a little bias but how cute are these boys?  I think their outfits worked really well.  The only thing I may have done differently is to make their ties a tad darker…I love to know what do you think?

Invitations set the tone

Recently I threw a wedding shower and I believe that the way to throw a good party is to start with a stunning first impression, the invitation.  I’m a bit old fashioned and adore getting personalized notes and cards in the mail.  It mean so much more when people actually take the time to hand write anything.  The same goes for the invitation.

I’ve done all kinds of invitations but mostly ones that I get designed then print myself.  Printing yourself cuts costs and I like to actually pick out my own paper.  In order to get an invitation personalized, you must make sure to give yourself plenty of time to research, communicate, wait for drafts and then sit though changes and mailing of the invitations.  For me, if the party is important, I like to get an invitation in the mail eight weeks in advance.  For a smaller casual party, you can go anywhere from three to six weeks.  Summer is tough as schedules get filled quickly, so earlier the better!

I find Etsy to have the best premade invitation designs that you can personalized, meaning pick your colors and any other important details that need to be printed on your invitation.

Here is the invitation that I purchased for the shower

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This adorable invitation is by Sunshine Printables

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I wanted to add a bit more detailing to this invitation by using the pink paper doilies and vintage ribbon it gave a shabby chic feel.  The doilies are from The Salvage and the ribbon is from Laces and Trims for You.

The outside of the envelope can make a big presence as well!  Think about the stamp, return labels and ink color you use.

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I fell in love with these heart, “Yes, I do” floral stamps!  I bought inexpensive return labels from Vistaprint.

I added a note, handmade lace money envelope and a ‘wishes’ card along with this invitation.  When printing the notes make sure to use paper within your color scheme.

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The customized “Wishes” card came from Event Printables

Your invitation really does set the tone on how the party should feel when guests arrive.  There is nothing better than being invited to a fabulous party!

My mom

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DSC_0006She couldn’t be more beautiful.  I remember her as being such a hard worker, especially when she raised me by herself.  She always worked and was a loyal employee.  I remember there being times when she was so tired, but I just had to see my friend, who happened to live across town and she usually ended up driving me.  Whenever I had a new interest, she’d let me embrace it and pay for my lessons.  Being me, I would agonize over what to buy at the department store…she gave me a budget and I would take my time picking out and trying on everything.  I had the coolest room and when I was a teenager, I just had to have my own telephone line.  My mom would cook, clean, and do my laundry even after I was old enough to do it myself.  When I was older and had a step dad we’d go skiing every weekend in the winter and camping in the summer.  Now that I have children, organizing skiing every weekend is no small task and have yet to camp with them.

My mom knows how to celebrate life as well.  She has always been here for the births of my two boys, my husband’s 50th birthday, my 40th, every Christmas since my boys were born and even their birthday’s.  She never fails to be a call away to hear about us and the boy’s achievements.

I admire my mom for so many reasons and my boys adore their grandma.  Thank you mom and Happy Mother’s Day!  We love you.

The Ladies with So much beauty and style

Brunette Marilyn
Ali Macgraw
Brigitte Bardot
Jane Birkin
Sophia Loren
Elizabeth Taylor
Grace Kelly
Isabella Rossellini
Audrey Hepburn
I’ve bottled up these ladies’ old Hollywood style, confidence and energy in my heart.  I wish that I could spend one day with each of these ladies….having fun, checking out their collections of clothing, jewelry and being in their homes….such inspiring glam!  Thank you ladies.
*images from Tumbler & Pinterest