Thanksgiving Tips

25 Nov



Just a few helpful hints and tips to get you through Thanksgiving.  That and a lovely bottle of chardonnay. :)

Dressing your Table and Buffet


How long to cook your turkey


Thanksgiving Calculator


Thanksgiving Table Talkers… my family does not need these, but perhaps your family is not quite the “talkers” that mine is!


Tips and Tricks



Tips to help you Not overindulge.  Of course what fun is that?


Stores that will be Open on Thanksgiving (BOO!) and stores that will remain Closed on Thanksgiving (YAY!)


Yay for these stores, allowing Thanksgiving to remain a day of Thanks, and over-eating, Not shopping in stores!


The Dirty Dozen.  Enough said!  Bah Humbug to these stores!


today be thankful

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Go Bears!!





THE FORECAST FOR FALL 2015 IS FABULOUS…even when it’s almost Winter!

23 Nov




Well… it’s almost time for Winter Fashion Forecasts and Holiday Dressing… I’m a bit behind.  But, the good news about Fall Fashions, is you truly can wear them almost till May!  And I do.  When perusing the different fall trends, it was hard to find a good “solid list”…one which could work for everyone.  And I realized why.  Some of these are Ridiculous!  And I do not want to take a dig at our good friends in Paris, however the Paris Fall Fashion Trends are not quite something I’d envision wearing, nor anyone I know.  So, with Fabulous Fall Fashion Forecasts, I take them, as I do everything else in Fashion…I just make it my own.

I use these as a Guide.  Not as the hard and fast Rules.  I tend to find pictures I like and try to emulate those in my own style.  So I am including some of the ridiculous Fabulous Fall Fashion Trends, because they’re funny, and I’m funny, and you may find one or two things that you like in each one.  As usual, ETCETERA, helps hit it out of the park, and their own blogger, Margaret Calvin, does a great job presenting and putting her own spin on the trends.

I’m including outfits I like and ones that I will be wearing, or at least envisioning that I’ll be wearing, lest I ever leave my house again. ;) Plus, shoe and handbag forecasts, which you can always have fun with.  And the top it off, the Pantone colors for fall!



 Fall 2015 Fashion Trends


Thank you Fashion Inspo!

Pleated Skirt

Pleated skirt is a classic. It can be worn anywhere and goes well with crop top and turtleneck alike. You can even pair your summer pleated skirt with a chunky sweater. Just be sure to choose thicker tights. Short, midi, or maxi – all of the lengths are possible. Short skirts maybe the hit trend of the season but the designers didn’t ignore midi and maxi either.

Maxi Dress

Speaking of maxi length, a maxi dress is another great Fall 2015 trend that is both practical and elegant. You can pair it with any jacket and voila, you’re ready for both day and night. Shed the jacket and a scarf and your outfit is restaurant-worthy. Maxi dress is always a great outfit for a restaurant.

Wide Belt

The waist trend is on the rise or should I say makes a big comeback. This fall waist is the focus. Well, unless you want to wear a chunky sweater. Wide belts are used on everything from coats to dresses and are a great way to define waist cinching away a few centimeters. Big buckles and intricate bows are definitely necessary.


Fur Collar

Fur cuffs were all over runways but the best way to wear fur is at the collar. Whether you are going out or getting married, a winter coat with a fur collar can give you the elegant and chic look. No yeti fur jacket can compete with a midi coat with a lush fur collar.

Chunky Sweater

Chunky sweater is probably my favorite fall trend. It is so practical and yet stylish when worn right. You can wear it with a pleated skirt (even a summer skirt), leggings, skinny jeans, pencil skirt, and even loose flare pants. It’s versatile and just overall cozy.

Duster Coat

Duster coat is definitely a must-have. It’s just simply stylish. Pair it with anything, it will work. Heels? Great contrast. Sneakers? Fashionable. Skinnies, trousers, dresses, anything will look great with a duster coat.

A muted violet trench coat is a nice twist for the basic wardrobe

As for the colors. This year is big on burnt orange, marsala, grey, and military green. The last three are my favorite and are very easy to mix and match with neutrals and brights alike.


Shades of Grey

Grey, grey, grey everywhere. It’s neutral, not easily stained, and super versatile. This year try layering up greys. You don’t even need to break them up as they’ll still work great.

Muted Violet

Ditch the boring beige for muted violet especially if we’re talking outerwear. Trench and duster coats look amazing in this color.

Military Green

Military green is popular as ever. Combining basic wardrobe pieces with cargo elements will never go out of style.



Fall Fashion Forecast by Etcetera blogger, Margaret Calvin

Even before feeling the first nip in the air or seeing the first leaf fall from a tree, fashionistas everywhere are yearning to know what the newest looks will be for the Fall season. Yes, ladies, you know who you are. Maybe you are still loving your summer fashions but you’re wondering, “what’s next?” or “what do I need to make room for in my closet?” Don’t worry, I’m here to help and to guide you through the newest trends to get you ready for the upcoming season. Get ready to “fall” in love!


Icy pastels, in shades of sky blue and parfait pink, are all the rage for Fall and are a welcome change from the intense, hot colors of summer. Selections in these shades abound for work, play and everywhere in between. 





Floral prints are popping up everywhere this fall and winter. Bright and bold, or soft and delicate, there is a floral print for everyone! 



At the opposite end of the spectrum, Fall showcases looks that are understated and restrained but bold in effect. 



Fall fashions include luxurious leather and fur, both as accents, and as the main events. 


I hope this taste of Fall whets your appetite for the fabulous season to come. It will be here before you know it, and it will be time to wear the cool weather fashions we are dreaming about today. Stay cool and make some room in your closet!











Truth be told, I don’t see myself wearing ANY of these shoes or boots.  And I mean, Any of them!



I feel a little better about these handbags, but not much.







Double Crazy!

a lot can happen in a year

My Favorite Fall Looks





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Okay, I may have gotten a little carried away with my favorite fall looks, but I’m looking for some serious inspiration and plan on referring back to this blog, often!

Song of the Day:  Rocket Man by Elton John

I miss the Earth so much, I miss my wife
It’s lonely out in space
On such a timeless flight
And I think it’s gonna be a long, long time
‘Til touchdown brings me ’round again to find
I’m not the man they think I am at home
Oh, no no no
I’m a rocket man
Rocket man
Burnin’ out his fuse up here alone

be fabulous

And pretty soon I will be back to weekly blogging and looking forward to addressing pressing topics such as Holiday Dressing, The Kardashians and why aren’t their three minutes up?, Holiday Gift Ideas, more of my Favorite Things and the upcoming one-year anniversary of Maxie!  Thank you to those who reached out to me letting me know I was missed.  <3 <3 <3



And at the end of the day…

A few parting thoughts.  The new movie Vacation, the sequel to the National Lampoon Vacation series  was Painful to watch.  Painful! 17″ of snow in Snovember.  Wow!  Beautiful, but wow!   And lastly, My Bears.  My oh my, my Bears.  We are 4-6.  Could be 8-2, but at least 4 of those games could have gone either way and sadly they went the other way.  The Bears play Thanksgiving night, vs. The Packers.  Here’s hoping it won’t be an UnBearable Thanksgiving. Go Bears!!

Peace.  Love.  Thanks.










Source of the 9 fall 2015 fashion trends:


I’ll Be Back…

23 Oct




I’m not Quiet…

21 Oct


I’m plotting my next blog.   Soon.  Very soon.

Go Cubs.  0-3?  Really?  Didn’t see that coming.  I predict Cubs over Mets, 4-3.





Every day can be Friday!

9 Oct


That time when you wake up in horror because your Fall Fashion Friday blog is still in the “hopper” and still unfinished.  So yes, every day can be Friday, whether or not you’re irresponsible.  But happily, today is, indeed, Friday!


The good news here, and there is always good news, next week (or tomorrow, if I get my act together), there will be a Fantastic Fall Fashion Forecast blog.  Yes, so, so exciting!!


Song of the Day: Mama Can’t Buy Your Love by Elton John.  Heard it on the radio, and have been singing it all. week. long! Shocking it only has 240,000 view counts on YouTube.  Seriously, what is wrong with people?  This is a snappy tune!

Baby, so they give you anything
Darling, all the joy money can bring
Baby, do they bring you happiness
Darling, you’re no different from the rest

A Few Friday Funnies


Yes, let me.


One word.  Banana.



Hard to believe it was 3 years ago today, I lost my Dad.  Eleven years ago last month, I lost my Mom.  I think of them and miss them every single day.

mom and pop dating

Beautiful Fall Weekend.  Make it a great one!  And my Bears are on a Winning Streak!  Cubs play tonight, and They are also on a Winning Streak!  It’s a great day to be a Cubs fan!  Best. Weekend. Ever!!







Oldie, but goodie.  And true.  Very, very true.

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Note to Self…

8 Oct

Note to Self

Patrick coming home tonight…with this sweet girl! Best. Thursday. Ever!

Patrick Mary Walk

Be silly.  Be kind.  Be weird.  #Done




#Team Kourage

2 Oct


And just like that…Magic!!  Team Kourage raised $33,145 in the Les Turner ALS Foundation Walk for Life, on Sunday, September 27th, at Soldier Field.   Double what we raised last year!  73 people walked With us.  73 people walked For us.  Over 150 people donated for our family.  Some, donated twice! Out of 200+ teams, Team Kourage was #4 in fundraising!  And, I do not do well asking for money, so that is truly the kindness and generosity of those around us.  $33,145.  That is remarkable!  Our friends and family are Remarkable.

It was a magical day.  Surrounded by Family.  Surrounded by Friends, who quite frankly are Family.  The love and support my family has received brings me to tears.  Every day.  While we never did get all 73 walkers in one place for a group picture, here is a compilation of the pictures my team sent us!  #TeamKourage


That time when your friend flew all the way in from Boston for your walk…and the Band was back together, if ever so briefly!  #TrueBlueFriends #MySoleSister


The Stein Family!  #SoleSister  #LoveThem


It took a Village… I truly mean that!  This lovely group of ladies, and Mark, had every last little detail planned.  They had a banquet of food and drinks for Team Kourage!  I love these people!!



S, D, and C!


Renee and Dr. Stevie


The Burns Family.


Me and my buddy, Mark!


The Banner Holders!

Patrick Mary Walk

A couple of college kids made it home for the Walk.  Welcome home Patrick and Mary!!


Mer Mer and Dana.  #TeamTerry


Just some crazy kids hanging out at Soldier Field.  #ForACause  #WinnersAtTheField


Team Kourage is in the house!


Jane, Cindy, Shefali, Connie and Jan!   The gals from the hood. ;)


Patrick! <3


Linda overseeing the Jimmy Johns sandwiches.  They’re Freaky Fast!


Hello LSULeslie!


Kousins for a Kure!



Kontinuing with the Kousins for a Kure!


Audrey’s art project.  The lost Stein.


Nancy and my darling god-daughter, Lindsey!


Lora and RV taking a selfie. :)


Lora, Lisa, LAP and NKO!  Enjoying some post-walk libations…or perhaps, this is pre-walk?  It’s 5:00 somewhere!


Rhonda and the girls.



And Luke is off!


Kev and his posse.


More Burns!


Connie and Jan



Cindy and Kim




More banner walker!  Guessing it ain’t coffee in those cups!  #JustSayin’



Neil, Steph and Deb



Kourage will follow when Faith takes the Lead!  Thanks Jay and Lora and Visit Anaheim!  xoxo


Life long friends!


Now That’s a view!


They were on a Break!

Team Crane

Team Crane!


Soldier Field… before the Walkers converged upon it.


#TeamKourage puppy.



Thank you Foglia Family Foundation for donating $100,000 to the Walk, which $14,350 was directed towards Team Kourage!  Paul Launer’s Iron Horse Brigade, Jeff’s Juggernauts and Team Kourage all received a portion of this generous donation.

And that, my friends, was a very good day.

Song of the Day:  We’ll Never Have to Goodbye Again, by England Dan and John Ford Coley

You must leave, I know you will
I won’t let you go until you show me some secret
For making this time stand still

And somewhere sometime from now
Together again somehow all of the waiting will seem
Like a moment and then
We’ll never have to say goodbye again
We’ll never have to say goodbye again

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Thank you everyone, from the very bottom of our hearts.  Thank you to all who donated.  Thank you for all who walked.  Thank you to those who came to walk, but helped our family instead.  Thank you to those who walked with us in spirit.  Thank you for all the thoughts, prayers and love that has been given my family.  We are blessed beyond belief.

One day there will be a cure named after Lou Gehrig, rather than a disease.



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