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01 October 2014

The one shoe you MUST buy for fall and winter it's bootie time

Let's face it. Most of us don't have a ton of discretionary income to just go out and buy whatever we want, when we want it. Really, how many do? And if you happen to be a parent…you know you are at the bottom of the list when it comes to NEW. Why do they have to keep growing?

But sometimes…one new addition to your wardrobe…one item that transcends…one little fashion boost…can make all the difference in the world.

Boots. More specifically…booties. Because as difficult as it is for me to fathom, not everyone has the same affinity for those luscious leather calf wrappers. But booties? These work for everyone. Hey! I saw that smirk of doubt! Stick with me!

25 September 2014

When it's time to say enough. done. be still.

It's morning. I gently awake from a unsettled sleep with the slightly irritating buzz on my wrist. My Fitbit telling me it is 6:15. Time to get up. I reach across the bed and touch my husbands arm. Sleeping. Finally. Since he was sick this summer sleep eludes him…restless…uncomfortable…in pain. It hurts my heart. He needs to sleep, so I quietly exit the bed, fumble for my sweats on the floor, and leave the room...silently closing the door behind me. Daughter number one is singing in the kitchen. Singing! At 6:15 AM. Who does that? Yet it causes me to smile. I am immediately greeted by wagging tails and cold noses…mama's up mama's up, maybe we will get food!

I open the slider and let the furry girls out and the rush of cold air hits me, taking my breath away. Immediately I feel a sense of dread. Dread...because I know winter is coming. Dread...because I hate the cold. Dread...because my depression is always at its all time high in the colorless gray of winter. My feet are cold on the patio. Why didn't I grab my slippers?

24 September 2014

Who says black eyes aren't sexy? My new favorite thing...

Evening routine. A few minutes of downtime. Maybe a glass of wine. Wash my face. Go to bed. But sometimes I get stuck on the "wash my face". It's like I know I should…but the makeup and the scrubbing. And sometimes it comes off, but sometimes it doesn't. And then I have that moment of, well, if I sleep on my back the make up won't rub off on my pillow and then maybe it will wash off in the shower. No. Seriously. I do talk to myself like that. Tell me you don't!

And it's not that I wear a lot of makeup (see #7 on my "you might be an introvert" post) but I do wear eye liner and mascara. Every day. Don't judge. But dang…sometimes that stuff is stubborn. I've tried those makeup remover cloths and pads but it feels like an abrasive rub down on my eyes. No thank you.

But Eureka. I've found it. Ok, Birchbox found it. But they sent it to me, so now I can claim it. Do you see what I love Birchbox so much. They find me goodies I would have never found on my own! Still haven't signed up…seriously…can we even be friends anymore? You don't listen to me anyway! Here's your link…. click here … for Pete's sake - you WILL thank me later. Anyway, I digress…

The bomb diggity product. Ok, I made another video - and it's equally as bad as last weeks PopSugar review video…and my friend Melanie is going to KILL me for using my iPhone vertical…and I promise I will never ever do it again…but for the sake of you loving the product…and not judging me…I am posting it anyway. I'm sorry Melanie!!!!! See for yourself why I am in love….

23 September 2014

A little black, a touch of lace, a smidge of boots and a lot of sass - fall fashion

There was a time when fall was my favorite season. And if I dig deep I may have a small part of myself that still believes it. But after a winter of sub zero temps and a horrific amount of "that white stuff" ( I can't even bear to say the word ) I'm just about done. Fall leads into winter. Winter is bad. Therefore fall can no longer be my favorite. 

However, the siren call of boots and tights is loud, and I easily give in to the fashion that knows me so well. Obviously my resistance is low.

I just returned last night from the amazing TypeA conference. Exhausted yet inspired. My mind is spinning with new ideas and possibilities. I even had the opportunity to speak about how to build a small business while competing with the big guys. And truly...it was the kick off for my fall wardrobe.

Each day I MEANT to take photos of what I was wearing, but days were full - nights were busy, you know the drill. However, I did manage to coerce a couple friends to do some clicking.

Day one was my presentation day. I wanted to look professional yet still be my typical artsy bohemian self. I'm fairly sure this will become a standby.

18 September 2014

Ten signs you may really be an introvert but PLAY an extrovert online.

Are you an introvert? Do you pretend to be an extrovert in your online life. Here are ten ways to prove this might be true. 

1. The most interaction you get with people during the day is through your Instagram and Facebook account.

2. You begin to think LOL is really you laughing out loud...when all you ever do is type it. 

17 September 2014

POPSUGAR Must Have Subscription Box Review – Fall 2014 my favorite thing

I HAVE to share this box with you! Have to! Like I'm totally over the moon about it…and my kids will tell you…I rarely get excited about anything! True story.

Here's the deal. I'm obsessed with subscription boxes. I get quite a few. I might have a problem. However, I've only ever told you about one…my precious Birchbox. Why? Because I totally believe in it. Wait…you don't get Birchbox yet, here's my referral link…you're welcome. The other boxes I subscribe to? I'm not so sure. Not sure I've wanted to recommend that you spend your hard earned cash. But this box? Save your pennies…it ain't cheap…but darlin? It was like Christmas, or my Birthday, or just THE BEST DAY EVER.

16 September 2014

Tween fashion for girls. Top 10 fashion needs for back to school.

Tween fashion. Yes, tween is a word. 
And….it is defined as such from the urban dictionary…
Tween: a girl ages about 9-14...too old for toys, but too young for boys. 

Very easy to market to, will usually follow any fashion trend set for them, will most likely go through the phase of 'finding themselves' as they 'grow up'.
(Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen's main fanbase are all tweens.)
Comforting? Not so much. But take courage. I'm here to help. If you have a tween daughter I feel your pain. This in-between stage is brutal. They want to shop juniors, but it doesn't quite fit. They want bras…but they don't quite need them. Too short. Too tight. Too grown up.
But wait. It really doesn't need to be that bad. I have three daughters. Two have successfully passed through this phase…fashionably. And daughter number three…well, she is not just going to pass through it. She is going to leave a mark. Little Miss. "T" has suggestions for girls on what's trending…what you must have for fall…and how to pull it together. I don't dress this one. I guide her. Seriously.