I’m in a Meeting!

29 Jul

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Have a Happy Friday!

xoxo,

T.

18 Ways to be Happy

22 Jul

 

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Great reminders for all of us.

Happy Friday!  Have a great weekend!

xoxo,

T.

Dave Matthews and the Beetle Scarf

20 Jul

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So we all know my affection and affiliation with India Hicks.  One could say I’m obsessed with her and her lifestyle products.  I’m actually giddy with excitement to be able to hang with her in Palm Beach early next month.  Not only because, again I love her and her products, but while I don’t know her personally (not yet:):):) ), she is probably the coolest chic ever… And how and why do I know this?  Take a gander at her blog post below… She hung out and was friends with Dave Matthews and didn’t even know he was a Musical God!

Reposted from India Hicks blog…Meaning, this was written by INDIA HICKS, not me…

A NICE CHAP FROM SEATTLE

A nice chap from Seattle came to stay on the island a few years ago, with a hot yoga wife and three kids.

They came over for supper and drank a lot of tequila. We liked them. We became friends.

A few nights later one of my kids pointed to a film on TV, “Look its him!”

I googled Dave Mathews. Good Lord, this scruffy dude was a mega music star. With a colossal frenetic following and two Grammy awards. How had we not noticed?

Dave came to England to perform a couple of years ago. I took my two eldest boys to see him, even though they were quite little at the time, we went backstage, sat in his changing room and watched the pre-show circus go by.

After a while an assistant ushered us out, “Dave needs to get ready now,” she said in a hushed tone. We went to take our seats. “What do you think he’s going to wear?” asked one of the boys. We had also sat with Mick Jagger before one of his concerts and when the lights went down Mick came out in a sparkling peacock blue shirt undone to the waist and skin tight leather trousers with crocodile boots.

As the Dave Mathews Band concert began, the lights flashed and the auditorium drummed their feet on the ground in excitement and anticipation, and out onto the stage walked Dave, dressed in the same cozy cardigan and jeans that we had just left him in. And I loved him all the more.

Last week whilst I was away David sent me this snap with the words: ‘Dave wants more’ But of what? Tequila or beetle scarves?

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Yes, this picture has been posted above, but it’s so cool, it gets a second look!

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India Hicks Siren Scarf… aka, the Beetle Scarf

Did someone mention the Beetle Scarf?  The Beetle Scarf comes in five colors: Aubergine, Sunset Orange; Army Green, Cream; Black, Cream (the one #DMB is wearing); Stone, Flamingo Orange (my personal fav and the one featured on the pup above); and Dove Gray, Cream.

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Here’s the Deal… I will donate 20% of All the Proceeds from the Sale of the Beetle Scarf to the Les Turner ALS Foundation in the months of July and August.  Win/Win.

http://www.indiahicks.com/rep/terry

Go to Accessories and there you will find the Siren Scarf!  20% of All Proceeds from the Siren Scarf $58 (aka the Beetle Scarf), which is $11.60 per scarf to the Les Turner ALS Foundation.

That’s something to smile about!

And what do I love more than India Hicks?  How about two of my favorite people, ever, who are Dave Matthews Band (DMB, for those, like me 4 years ago who didn’t know what DMB meant) obsessed fans… I mean, obsessed fans!

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Mark and Tracy before a Dave Matthews concert, #DMB, earlier this month.

Song of the Day:  Ants Marching by Dave Matthews Band

He wakes up in the morning
Does his teeth bite to eat and he’s rolling
Never changes a thing
The week ends the week begins
She thinks, we look at each other
Wondering what the other is thinking
But we never say a thing
These crimes between us grow deeper

“Would you not like to be on top of the world with your legs hanging free”?  – Dave Matthews

Uhm…Yes, yes I would!

xoxo,

T.

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To The Maxi

18 Jul

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I’m not referring to my pup, Maxie…but my new summer clothing obsession…the Maxi Dress!  You can find them at Target, Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Bloomingdales and just about any clothing store.  Now is a great time to find them, on sale!

In the 1940s, stylish socialites and the hottest Hollywood starlets wore brightly colored dresses with long, full-tiered skirts. Designers drew inspiration for these so-called patio, or squaw, dresses from traditional Native American and Southwestern designs. Though the patio dress soon fell out of fashion, this ankle-grazing dress style was revived during the 1960s when women from all walks of life embraced the colorful, free-flowing maxi dress. Unfortunately, by the late ’70s, these long, billowing dresses had once again been relegated to the clearance racks.

After the sky-high hemlines of the early 21st century, the maxi dress gained a whole new generation of fans, as women everywhere sought out a comfortable, low-key alternative to the mini-skirts and impossibly short shorts of the period. However, the maxi dress is no longer the voluminous mound of polyester it was in the 1970s. Today’s designers rely on cotton and other fine fabrics, which keep the wearer feeling cool and breezy, even on the hottest summer days. Modern maxi dresses also offer a much more flattering fit, with plenty of styles to accentuate any figure.

Source:  How Stuff Works

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Source:  Gurl.com

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I have been actively searching for this dress and shall consider myself extremely happy when I find it, or one very similar.

 

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With a cardigan.  Another staple of mine!

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My absolute favorite…the Maxi Dress with a Denim Jacket!

 

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Speaking of a maxi dress with a denim jacket… I wore this ensemble last week at the Adele concert, which could have been called, “A Conversation with Adele”. Great concert though, but she was a bit, shall we say, chatty!

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I love to wear flip-flops with my maxi dress or wedge sandals.

Song of the Day:  You Don’t Want Me Anymore, by Steel Breeze.

Undecided
Don’t know where to go
Don’t know what I’m gonna do, whoa
Uninvited, I’m knockin’ at your door
Have I’ve the right to call on you, whoa

 

While I spent the better part of last Thursday evening tweaking this blog and finding more pictures of maxi dresses I love, I did contemplate skipping the scheduling of this blog (yes, I schedule them, as I don’t tend to rise at 6AM on Fridays).  With yet another terrorist attack in Paris, I thought this may not be the most timely post. So this post which was supposed to be posted last Friday, is getting a Monday post instead.

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My new favorite movie:  Life of Pets.  If you are a pet owner, it’s a must-see.  Which, they are no doubt, counting on.  Fabulous movie! A couple on the way out of the movie said to me and the kids, “we are heading to the shelter”.  :)  I sure hope that was true!

Peace.

xoxo,

T.

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Pray for Nice. Pray for the World.

15 Jul

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After 9-11-2001, the day that changed America, the French said “we are all Americans today.” Today, after a horrific terror attack left at least 73 dead and over 100 injured in Nice, we are all French.

Today’s previously scheduled  blog, all about Maxi Dresses, will be posted next week.

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Pray for France.  Pray for America.  Pray for the World.

Peace

xoxo,

T.

White Hot Summer

8 Jul

 

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We are in the midst of summer and it’s turning into a White Hot Summer.  White is the new Black.  I’ve been asked why I don’t provide links to the clothing I feature.  It’s because I’m not necessarily promoting these actual outfits, but I’m using them as a guideline.  Look in your own closet…Yes, shop in your own closet, and find looks that you yourself can emulate.  I’ve been doing it for years.  Of course feathering in some Etcetera and Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s internet shopping sprees, but working the new in with the old.  My favorite summer trends are loose, shift dresses and the off-the-shoulder and the cold-shoulder dresses and tops.

Here are some of my favorite white summer looks.

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Shorts are a tad short, unless you are under 20, but love the bag and love the blouse-y blouse!

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Metallic accessories are the perfect way to dress up your whites.

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Also loving the brown purse with the white dress.

 

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Classic.  Oldey but goody.

 

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I’m especially loving the loose summer dresses.

 

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Another loose summer dress.  You cannot go wrong with this look.  Of course, the hat is an all-day decision.  Bear that in mind when you pop a fedora on your head.

 

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Love, love, love.

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Off the shoulder is my absolute favorite summer trend!  Now is the time to buy as summer clothes are now on sale.

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An off the shoulder loose summer shift dress.  Win-win.

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White pant suit.  Yes, you can wear white after Labor Day (sorry, Kathy P).

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White skinny jeans with white off the shoulder top and nude pumps.

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Short in front.  Long in the back.

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Love this paired with the gladiator lace up sandals.

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More of the same.

 

 

 

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perfect for work.

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Love, love, love.  But perhaps not “age-appropriate”.

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Loose white pants with white sandals.

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More age appropriate!

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With just a touch of blue.

 

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love the Tiffany colored bracelet.

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You can find a whole array of Little White Dresses at Nordstrom.

https://www.indiahicks.com/rep/terry/shopping/productdetail?id=15001-02&CategoryId=48&CategoryName=Bags

India Hicks Carmen Clutch

The India Hicks Carmen Clutch.  :)

Basic Rules for Wearing White

From: womens-fashion.lovetoknow.com

With the modern day emphasis on style being more of an individualized concept than of people blindly following advice without knowing the original basis, you might feel there are no hard-and-fast rules to follow when it comes to fashion. Still, if you’re more of a traditionalist, are afraid of showing up wearing the wrong thing or just like sticking to style guidelines (even if others say they’re outdated), you can follow these “rules”:

  • Don’t wear a white dress to a wedding: This is one that most fashionistas seem to agree on. The only woman who should wear a white dress to a wedding is the bride. It’s fine if your ensemble has white in it, but head-to-toe white for anyone but the lady exchanging vows is generally seen as a no-no.
  • Wear off-white in cool weather: If you just love white and the way it complements your complexion, but you’re still afraid to wear it during the winter, choose off-white, cream and beige clothing instead. Even die-hard fashion traditionalists usually O.K. winter white.
  • Warmer climates usually have more leeway: If you live in a tropical environment, white clothing probably seems necessary, even in winter, especially if your days are full of 80 degree weather. You can probably pull off cute summer dresses in light colors year-round and no one in such a hot climate will bat an eye.
  • Wear the right shoes: Heavy black pumps paired with lightweight white dresses can be an odd combination. If you wear a white dress in the spring or summer, better options include natural toned or white sandals. If you choose to wear white in fall and winter, brown shoes still look better than black (and for sticklers to the rules, white shoes should be avoided after Labor Day).
  • Avoid white clothes in city environments: For anyone who lives in a bustling city and relies mainly on public transportation, wearing white clothes is akin to courting disaster. Between subways, taxis, dirty seats and puddles, it would be a miracle for a white dress or slacks to make it through the day unscathed. This is one of the main reasons you see so many metropolitan women sticking to black ensembles – not only are they slimming, they don’t show dirt as much.

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Song of the Day:  Whenever I see Your Smiling Face by James Taylor… because I was lucky enough to be at  the James Taylor and Jackson Browne last week at Wrigley Field… and Even more lucky to be with my daughter Meredith at the concert!

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Whenever I see your smiling face, I have to smile myself because I love you, yes, I do.
And when you give me that pretty little pout, it turns me inside out.
There’s something about you, baby, I don’t know.

 

Coming off a truly fantastic holiday weekend and looking forward to a great weekend with two of our favorites!

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What I’m reading:

The Calendar Girl Series – by Audrey Carlan.  There are 12 books in all.  This was recommended to me as a “fun summer read”.  Because it’s a 12-book “series”, I felt obligated to finish it.  Thankfully each book can be read in about an hour.

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes – I’m reading this because I saw the movie and Loved it!

Living with the Devil – by Lori Hart and Cindy Mulligan.  Loved this book so much I blogged about it yesterday.

Movies I’m recommending:

Finding Dory.:)  Even better when you see it at the iPic with 1/2 priced wine night.

Me Before You.  Loved it so much I bought the book.  I love, love, love this movie.

What else is new?  I had my first shot of Fireball.  And had my last shot of Fireball.:)

Have a fun and festive summer weekend!

xoxo,

T.

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Pretty much.

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The happiest of meals!

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It’s like they’re not even trying!:)

 

Living with the Devil

7 Jul

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Living with the Devil.  This is a Memoir.  This, however is not My memoir.  This is a story told by my friend Cindy and her sister Lori. This is a true story. This is a riveting, gripping, can’t put down true story.  It’s a true story that was the life of a very dear friend and her family.  It’s a shocking story of life, love and murder.  Not necessarily in that order.  This is a book I’ve read once and will read again.

A FAMILY’S SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH IN THE FACE OF DECEPTION, INFIDELITY AND MURDER.

As the principal of his own law firm and known as “Mr. Condo” to his Chicago condominium clients, Donnie Rudd was at the top of his game. Charming, offbeat, and eccentric, he appeared on his own television show and taught at a local college. But behind the public persona of a successful lawyer, Donnie Rudd’s life was unraveling as police investigated the death of his second wife, the murder of a local woman, and claims of fraud by several clients.

The fascinating memoir by Donnie’s step daughters describes the chaos of life with a sociopath as the allegations of infidelity, madness, and murder against Donnie interrupt their lives again and again. The sisters recount the riveting true story of events over a span of 40 years that will leave readers breathless and wondering how Rudd was able to evade accountability for so long. In the midst of the madness also lies a story of redemption and triumph as the family overcomes the dysfunction of their early tumultuous life.

The Chicago Tribune published an article on Cindy this past week.  This is what they had to say.

Barrington woman whose stepfather was recently charged with murder in a cold case dating back to the 1970s has published a memoir with her sister this month, which they say was written to share their search for truth.

The self-published memoir, “Living with the Devil: A family’s search for the truth in the face of deception, infidelity and murder,” was co-written by Lori Hart and Cindy Mulligan, whose stepfather, Donnie Rudd, was charged last December with killing his 19-year-old wife in Barrington Hills more than 40 years ago.

You can read more of the Chicago Tribune article here:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/arlington-heights/news/ct-ahp-donnie-rudd-family-memoir-tl-0707-20160701-story.html

 

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This is my friend Cindy in front of one of her childhood homes.

Living with the Devil, by Lori Hart and Cindy Mulligan is available on Amazon in Paperback and Kindle edition.

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Order it today.  Click on the above picture to take you right to Amazon.  A new trick I’ve learned.  Only took my six years blogging.  Yes, six years.

Happy reading.  You won’t be able to put this book down!  I happily recommend this book.

xoxo,

T.

 

 

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