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To The Maxi

18 Jul



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.

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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.























With a cardigan.  Another staple of mine!




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!


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.

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.


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!












White Hot Summer

8 Jul



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.



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


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


Also loving the brown purse with the white dress.



Classic.  Oldey but goody.



I’m especially loving the loose summer dresses.



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.



Love, love, love.


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


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


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


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


Short in front.  Long in the back.


Love this paired with the gladiator lace up sandals.


More of the same.






perfect for work.


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


Loose white pants with white sandals.


More age appropriate!


With just a touch of blue.



love the Tiffany colored bracelet.


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

India Hicks Carmen Clutch

The India Hicks Carmen Clutch.  🙂

Basic Rules for Wearing White


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.


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!


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!


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!




Pretty much.


The happiest of meals!


It’s like they’re not even trying! 🙂


Style Charts which Every Woman Needs to Know and a very Happy Mother’s Day!!

8 May


Thank you Buzz Feed!  I was “hanging out” Thursday evening, 9PM, Cali time…when the feeling of dread came over me…Oh boy…tomorrow is Blog Friday!  How in the World does one not have a “ready blog” for Friday…when one has over 100 blogs “in the hopper”?  I’ll tell you, it’s Easy.  and I can blame that 4-letter word.  Life.  😉  In my own defense, 100 blogs “in the hopper” does not a publishable blog make!

Again, thank you Buzz Feed for providing me with a timely, useful and snappy blog.  Some of these style charts I’ve featured before but some are brand new.  I predict this blog, like the blog, Stylish Things to Know, will be one of my most read blogs.  At least it should be… because there are some very important things to know!


1. First things first: It’s not you! All sizes are NOT created equally. A guide to vanity sizing.

First things first: It's not you! All sizes are NOT created equally. A guide to vanity sizing.

2. Here’s how to find your “golden number” aka the perfect dress length for your body.

Here's how to find your "golden number" aka the perfect dress length for your body.

3. Figure out which colors to wear with each other.

Figure out which colors to wear with each other.

4. And how to mix patterns and textures.

5. Go mad for this guide to plaids. (SORRY.)

Go mad for this guide to plaids. (SORRY.)

6. And style your stripes.

And style your stripes.

7. Become a print-mixing pro.

Become a print-mixing pro.

8. Here are a few great options for styling a button-up shirt.

Here are a few great options for styling a button-up shirt.

9. Here’s how to tell a mermaid from a mini.

Here's how to tell a mermaid from a mini.

10. And an A-line from a little shift dress.

And an A-line from a little shift dress.

11. And here’s what you should save on, and what you might want to spend a little more on.

And here's what you should save on, and what you might want to spend a little more on.

12. Every collar ever.

Every collar ever.

13. Get a great shirt cuff every time.

Get a great shirt cuff every time.

14. And pull off the perfect jean tuck.

And pull off the perfect jean tuck.

15. Know your bolero from your shrug.

Know your bolero from your shrug.

16. And your car coat from a duffle.

And your car coat from a duffle.

17. Here’s how to look super ~chic~ and ~European~.

Here's how to look super ~chic~ and ~European~.

18. Or make boyfriend jeans work for you? No problem.

Or make boyfriend jeans work for you? No problem.

19. One pair of leggings worn 10 ways.

One pair of leggings worn 10 ways.

20. The five elements you need to go from day to night in a pinch.

The five elements you need to go from day to night in a pinch.

21. Make way for the best bra.

Make way for the best bra.

22. A few easy tips for the petite ladies in the house.

A few easy tips for the petite ladies in the house.

23. Find the right dress shape for your body type.

Find the right dress shape for your body type.


24. For all those times you were like, “What does FORMAL DAYTIME even mean?”

For all those times you were like, "What does FORMAL DAYTIME even mean?"

25. It’s all about that A-line.

It's all about that A-line.

26. Find the neckline that’s most flattering for you.

Find the neckline that's most flattering for you.

27. And the sleeve you love most.

And the sleeve you love most.


28. Check out this visual glossary of bag styles.

Check out this visual glossary of bag styles.

29. And shoe styles.

And shoe styles.

30. Have yourself a hat.

Have yourself a hat.

31. Get glasses like Kanye West. Or Andy Warhol.

Get glasses like Kanye West. Or Andy Warhol.

You can buy a print here.

32. Figure out what glasses work best for your face shape.

Figure out what glasses work best for your face shape.

33. Find a best necklace for each type of collar.

Find a best necklace for each type of collar.

34. And the optimum length for each necklace.

And the optimum length for each necklace.

35. Choose earrings that work best with your face shape.

Choose earrings that work best with your face shape.

36. How many ways are there to wear a scarf? A MILLION WAYS.

How many ways are there to wear a scarf? A MILLION WAYS.


37. Figure out what you need to bring on a trip.

Figure out what you need to bring on a trip.

38. And then learn to pack like a pro.

And then learn to pack like a pro.

39. Here’s how to get your most accurate body measurements.

Here's how to get your most accurate body measurements.

40. Hang your clothes on the proper hanger.

Hang your clothes on the proper hanger.

41. And maybe most importantly: The definitive guide to how many times you can wear something without having to wash it.

And maybe most importantly: The definitive guide to how many times you can wear something without having to wash it.

Because ain’t nobody got time for laundry.  Best. Quote. Ever!

Twas but one year ago, this weekend, that Meredith graduated from college.  I mean, OMG…talk about time flying by.  Here’s a fall back Friday pic…or two!

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Note to self…we need new family picture.  Happily, we will have one at POB’s graduation… just 3 weeks away.  Again, OMG.  Seriously, this cannot possibly be happening.  Will we be empty nesters?  Even if a bird has come back to the nest?  Oh, and next weekend is Prom, so that will sure to be an upcoming blog, chock-full of Fabulous Prom pics…and no Prama, please!  Thanks Dr. Stevie, for coining that term.

Prama…ain’t Nobody got time for that!

Some Marvelous Mother’s Day Quotes



Song of the Day:  If you were here by the Thompson Twins – a little Sixteen Candles for this Friday!

But just like the rain
i’ll be always falling, yeah
only to rise and fall again

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there.  I miss my mother every single day, and there isn’t a day (or hour) that goes by that I don’t think of her.  And being a mother is not just about blood.  It’s about love.  Thank you to those who have shown motherly love to me since my mom has been gone.  ❤ ❤ ❤


On this Mother’s Day weekend, I am feeling so very lucky and blessed that these 2 chickadees call me, Mom…and I love them very, very much.

Mer and Paddy SB 2008

Falling back to South Beach in 2008.

Mer and Paddy before Gejas

Dinner the night before Meredith went back to college in 2012.

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Just about a year ago this weekend.  Mer’s first week back home!  Just a casual night out. 😉

Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂




Thank you. 😉





Jackie Kennedy Style Tips

6 Feb
Dress like Jackie

Dress like Jackie

Coming off January which was a month of blogs about Murphy, Super Bowl, Maxie, 30-Day Abs, Dressing like Olivia Pope, and How to have a lovely day!  Not too much about style, other than Olivia Pope.  So I thought I’d highlight some “style tips” from Jackie Kennedy, who has always been one of my style icons.   This is Dressed to a T, btw.  And again, I do appreciate those who tell me they enjoy my blogs when they are more about “my life”, but I prefer blogs Not about “my life”. #keepemguessing #boringlife #notboringgal



Pearls are always appropriate

Yves Saint Laurent once said that fashion fades, but style is eternal. Every time I hear this quote, I immediately think of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  Laura Dunn.

Laura Dunn, writes a Political Style blog, and had this to say about Jackie Kennedy’s style.  I think she happens to be right on, so happy to reblog this.

“I’ve been a fan of Jackie Kennedy for several years, with a particular interest in the work of the Kennedy Administration and Jackie’s time as a book editor. The period of her life ‘after Jack’ is similarly intriguing, and it is this era of her life that I look to for timeless fashion tips”.

Jackie Kennedy Style Tips

1. Never be without your sunglasses: I always opt for big sunglasses, or at least ones that cover the whole of my eyes! Jackie was known for the bug-eyed style of glasses, and legend has it that she had a bowl by her front door that contained many different pairs. This is a Terry O style tip, as well!  When in Rome…


Jackie Kennedy

2. Own a classic handbag: From Gucci to Hermes, Jackie carried a designer handbag to store her essentials. While you don’t have to spend several months rent on the latest purse, look for a classic shape and color scheme that will take you easily from season to season.  Yet another Terry O tip!  #sisters


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3. Off-duty doesn’t have to be untrendy: When she wasn’t on ‘duty,’ Jackie would opt for jeans and a pair of Keds to run around town. With endless options to choose from, there are pairs of Keds for everyone! Plus they’re very useful for running away from paparazzi!  I can relate.

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4. Invest in jewelry that will last a lifetime: Timeless pieces of jewelry are always a winner, and Jackie had several items that she wore from her time as a Senator’s wife in the 1950s, up until her death in 1994. Because luxury items hold their value, consider investing in a timeless piece that will bring both revenue and style. Thank you Kevin!




5. Keep them guessing: Many of Jackie’s jewels were actually costume jewelry designed by Kenneth Jay Lane. She even had real pieces recast in paste, and many individuals couldn’t tell the difference. If costume jewelry worked for Jackie, it will work for you!  I have a knack for losing jewelry.  This is a great tip.  Take it from someone who knows. 🙂


Great Jackie Looks that I Love ❤


Jackie Style

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Jackie Kennedy Quotes 


I have heard about this quote for many, many years.  I have, myself, also tried to live by this quote.


You cannot separate the good from the bad…But I do try to focus on the good.


Something that we, in this social media day and age, need to remember.

Song of the Day:  Only One by John Butler Trip – Another great rec by Dr. Stevie! Love her!  Love this song!  Crazy video, btw. 😉

To me you are the only one
Who can help unwind my tangled mind
I am the seed but you’re the sun
I’m telling anybody tell everybody

460cae9bc1a997b0859ae9ee8db56f05So here we are the week after Super Bowl…and typically one of the sadder weeks of the year for me, because it’s well, “Too many to count”, weeks till Football starts up again.  Whatever will I do to fill my time? 😉


Wearing Red today in honor of Heart Disease Awareness.  #GoRed

Have a great weekend.  Maxie gets her first training class.  #BadlyNeeded #PackLeaderTraining


Happiest of Birthdays to Amelia!  Here is one of my favorite pictures of Amelia (One of the only ones I have, btw)…one of my very favorite and most stylish friends (with  this blogger and Joy, another favorite and very stylish friend).

Terry Amelia Joy

Live your life.  And last, but certainly not least… a very Happy Birthday to Bruce, my first male blog follower and someone who truly knows how to live life. 🙂 #nopicrequired #onehalfofamericasfavoritecouple




One walking disaster.



Do this every day!






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Oldie, but goodie!




5 Styling Tricks…or Tips, as I see them.

7 Nov


It appears I have dropped the ball with my blog. It was brought to my attention this week, that not only did I miss National Handbag Day (Gasp), but I missed National Shoe Day as well.  Horror of all horrors!  Truth be told, I wasn’t aware there were 2 such national holidays. However, in these days of National Nacho’s Day, National Candy Corn Day and National Chocolate Day…why am I surprised?  So I will make up for this faux pas next week and post about purses and shoes.  Best. Blog. Ever!

So, here are some very, basic Styling “Tricks”…which I shall think more of “tips”.  Found these on Who What Wear, which is chock-full of great styling tips.   I am not a stylist, but am only a blogger.  While I know what I like, and think I know what looks good on others, a degree in Speech Communications/Public Relations and  Journalism, does not a Stylist make. Hence, why I sometimes like to give props to the professionals, but also like to pepper  some of my snappy comments and repartee into my blogs, to “make them my own”.  As quoted in Terms of Endearment, “my greatest strength is I recognize my weakness”.  Trust me, I have lots of weaknesses! 🙂


When it comes to knowing the best way to stock up our closets for just about any occasion, there’s no one we’d rather turn to than celebrity stylists Emily Current and Meritt Elliott. We picked their brains on something slightly different: the true insider tricks they’ve learned from years of working with stars like Jessica Alba, Emma Roberts, and more.

None of these are actually earth-shattering tricks, but I do think these are some basic rules we can follow.  

Below, find fashion tricks culled from their years of experience! 

  • 1.

    Expert Styling Tricks

    As you all know, fit is key, and as stylists we learn that even taking up the hem of your pants three-quarters of an inch can add three inches to your silhouette! Know what is flattering and works on your body, and tailor things to those specifications. Get to know the tailor at your local dry cleaner, or better yet, invest in a sewing machine and do it yourself.

    My mother used to say that some women would buy clothes at a lower-end store and have the clothes tailored, which would give the clothes a high-end, designer look.  Poorly fitting clothes can ruin the entire look.  Sometimes it just takes a small tweak to have your clothes fitting properly.  Pants that are too long, drag on teh ground, fray the bottom of your pants and look schlock-y.  Your local dry cleaner can hem those pants, for usually around $8-$11.  Money well spent.  I just took 3 pairs of pants and a pair of Joe Jeans, and had all 4 hemmed, including contrasting thread, for less than $40.  A good tailor can also change the look of an ill-fitting jacket.  The price is more than $8-$11, but the finished look will be Priceless. 🙂


  • 2.

    Expert Styling Tricks

    While we all read the fashion dos and dont’s, they are all subjective—the most important rule is to have fun and dress for your mood. Things that don’t look good on one person look fantastic on someone else, so wear whatever looks good on you.

    That is my motto, no rules, just wear what you like and what looks good on you.  It shouldn’t necessarily be “fashion” but should be “style”.  



    Style is personal



  • 3.

    Expert Styling Tricks

    No need to invest in a new wardrobe each season when sunglasses, handbags, and shoes are a great place to try out things like neon or bold ‘60s prints.

    I have been all about accessories, for as long as I had my own money to spend.  A fun watch, a snappy handbag, a funky necklace or chunky bracelet (how about those adjectives?) really can make your look pop.  I was wearing 3 bracelets, when everyone was wearing one.  I remember Stephanie said, “I’m gonna be like Terry O, and wear 3 bracelets together”.  And that’s when the trend started. 🙂  Of course now, more appears to be more and people are wearing 5, 7 and 9 bracelets together!  They call it “stacking”.  I like the look, but not a big fan of jingling when I walk.  Leave the jingling to the bells, not your wrist.  #wordstoliveby.  That being said,  I do love these looks, just want to make sure I don’t jingle!




  • 4.

    Expert Styling Tricks

    The right bra or undies can transform a dress. Invest in nude and black seamless underpinnings, and do not fear Spanx—they are not always necessary, but sometimes they simply make the outfit look better.

    The only tip I’ve ever known is to Always wear matching underwear.  Always.  #nuffsaid





  • 5.

    Expert Styling Tricks

    Believe it or not, we usually put clients in shoes a half size too big but filled with a bounty of shoe pads. Your feet swell as you are standing on them throughout the night, and planning ahead with extra room and extra padding is a lifesaver. It’s hard to have fun with throbbing feet!

    When your feet are miserable, you are miserable.  I have spent more money this year on shoe pads, inserts, gels, blister block and other things to make my shoes feel better than I have spent on new shoes.  I am seriously considering going to the Walking Store for “professional fit inserts”.   Ladies, wearing high heels ruins your feet.  And guess what?  I am still wearing high heels.  My friend C is my inspiration.  She has a stress fracture in her foot, yet wore her high heels during the entire wedding reception last weekend, and that included 3 hours of dancing.  I clocked in at 18,800 steps btw.  Of course, I thought I would have been north of 25,000.  #stingyfitbit



    Some good shoe tips from Good Housekeeping


    1. Enough space: there should be 0,9cm to 2,5cm between the tip of your longest toe and the end of the shoe

    2. Square or rounded toe boxes (or open toes); if you have bunions, make sure the toe box is roomy enough.

    3. Sufficient width, gauged by the broadest part of your foot. Minimal slippage at the heel.

    4. Wiggle room: when you stand, you should be able to extend all your toes inside the shoe.

    5. Instant comfort: don’t count on shoes stretching. They might, but you’ll have to put up with them squeezing and irritating your feet in the meantime.


    Song of the Week:  Let’s Go, by the Cars.  Dedicated to the Chicago Bears.  Come on, Let’s Go!!  Scheesh!  How can you hear this song and not dance?  It can’t happen…You need to get up and dance!

    she’s driving away
    with the dim lights on
    and she’s making a play
    she can’t go wrong
    she never waits too long
    she’s winding them down
    on her clock machine
    and she won’t give up
    ’cause she’s seventeen

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    I cannot believe it is already Friday.  Where or where did this week go?  In the past, that’s where.  So, many special birthdays this month.  Happy Birthday today to Shannon!  This month to Lee, D, Susan and my godson, Luke!  And a belated from last week to Colleen, whom we will be celebrating this weekend!

    Favorite memory this week.  I bought a cow at an auction for the Barrington Garden Club.  Super cute, 3-feet long, metal cow.  Can use as a planter, but I plan to use it on the deck to hold chilled bottles of beer or wine.  While I was post-gaming with D, I texted Paddy to ask him to let the Murph out.  His text back.

    Ok.  There’s a cow on the porch.


    Correct.  It’s just a temporary resting spot, till we can bring Clarence (yes, he was already named) back to the deck. Then the sunroom in the winter.  #options

    Ok, big weekend for football.  Round 3 in the playoffs for the Barrington Broncos.  Go Broncos!  And our Chicago Bears go to Lambeau Field (ugh) to play the Packers.  I don’t remember the last time we lost 3 games in a row…and hoping I won’t have to!  Go Bears!





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    This is why I always pepper in sarcastic ecards. 🙂


    Obviously I won’t be saying this to Mer Mer!


    Darn!  Who knew?!






10 Things a Stylish Woman Knows

3 Oct


A friend recently said to me, “you’re the most Stylish person I know”.  I of course disagreed, because I cannot accept a compliment (bad character trait, but one I’m working on)…but in reality, I really am Not that stylish.  I do have a lot of clothes, and try to wear what I like, what fits, and hopefully, what looks good on me.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

I found this little nugget, about what a Stylish woman knows.  Most are common sense, but this does provide some good guidelines.  I’m about guidelines, not always rules.  #duh


10 Things Every Stylish Woman Knows

A STYLISH woman never looks like she tried too hard, it just seems to come to her so naturally! But how does she do it? Heres how. 

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She knows what looks good on her so she only buys what she likes
Every woman needs a wardrobe that works for her. But a stylish woman knows that the secret to underpinning any wardrobe is investing in the basics. She starts with the classic trench, the little black dress, the perfect tailored jacket, a gorgeous tank watch – and builds from there
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A stylish woman goes for the over-the-top outfit or statement item.
Then she owns the look
She never wears one label head to toe! She knows that it’s about layering
the new with the old or mixing textures, colours and styles – and labels!
A stylish woman wears her op-shop or vintage flea market finds the
same way she would her designer pieces
I bought the above handbag, at an auction.  It’s vintage, I believe from the 1940’s…and love, love, love it!
 She has shoes, shoes and more mores.
Oh, did I mention the importance of shoes?
Always thrown on, but always makes a statement and done just the right way
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A stylish woman never buys into trends and she never carries the new  it bag
I do stear away from any handbags that others may carry.  Which is why I stay clear from Michael Kors (though I love) Coach, Kate Spade or Tory Burch.  If I do carry any of these bags, I try and choose ones that are more “off the beaten path” and not ones you’d see all over Michigan Ave.  India Hicks is my obsession and passion.
Just as important as finding the right beautician
and perfect hairdresser. When you find one, make
 them your best friend
A well-tailored suit or dress stands out in a crowd.  
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And, finally, she clearly understands that every day is not a fashion shoot or catwalk show.  #Amen
I am imperfect, every single day.  
580b5fbe99e2822e08e85af656ebcba9Speaking of imperfect…How about those Chicago Bears?  Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.  They were certainly no where Near perfect.  Not sure why, but I always think the Bears are going to win.  Always.  Even when we are down by over 20 points at halftime. #optimistic.  It’s how I live my life.  Thankfully, we were watching with fun people, which helped take the sting out of that loss.  #Jumpingshow
Song of the Day:  Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac.  Thanks Catherine for a Fabulous concert!

Today is my last birthday lunch.  I believe I’ve had 3 weeks of lunches, and probably 11 LBs to show for it.  Best. Month. Ever!  Fun weekend with Bridal Shower for Ronnie with an after-party, because that’s how we roll.  Zack is in town to help Meredith continue her birthday celebration…oh yeah, Football Sunday!  Will work on losing the remnants of those birthday lunches on Monday. 🙂
Have a great weekend…oh, and Go Bears. 🙂
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The “Ultimate” Guide to Buying Fall Basics

12 Sep

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Typically I would be hesitant about posting more things about Fall, since it’s still not yet mid-September, and I’m just not ready for summer to be over, however this week in Chi-town, it was a cool, breezy 49 degrees.  Yup, that’s right 49 degrees.  So bring on the boots, sweaters, leggings and Fall basics.  Thanks to my friends at Huffington Post, for compiling some of these basics.  “Ultimate” guide?  You be the judge. 😉

The Ultimate Guide to Buying Fall Basics

Our favorite part about autumn is the fact that we finally get to layer our clothes again. That leads to one thing: stocking up on our basics.

Although a “fall basic” can be as plain as a white T-shirt, the pieces you choose have the ability to transform multiple outfits. That’s why it’s essential to have a wide selection of tanks, pants and accessories so you have a bunch of options when creating simple ensembles.

Stay true to classics with your jeans and neutral tones, but take risks when it comes to jewelry and updated silhouettes. Check out our suggestions for next season’s fundamentals and get shopping!

the bases

Top from left to right: Gap Favorite Crew Tee, Old Navy Women’s Sleeveless Tees; Bottom from left to right: Old Navy Women’s Jersey Tami 3-Packs, Lane Bryant Smooth Balconette Bra, H&M 2-Pack Tights

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Undergarments are the key to building the perfect outfit. You can never have too many tanks and tees, but when it comes down to it, white, black and neutral options are a must. Plus, a good bra to give you all-day support is not a bad idea either.

new tops

Top from left to right: River Island Navy Sleeveless Wrap Blouse, Nic and Zoe All Around Wrap Top; Bottom from left to right:H&M Lyocell Shirt, Gap Fitted Boyfriend Oxford Shirt, Merona Women’s Favorite Blouse

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Blouses and button-downs are great for fall because you can wear them in a variety of ways — roll up the sleeves, tie the tails or keep it unbuttoned with a tank underneath. Navy, black and white should do the trick, but pick some patterned numbers so you can mix it up every once in a while.

teacher bottoms

Top from left to right: Merona Women’s Ponte Sleeveless Fit And Flare Dress, 1969 Real Straight Jeans; Bottom from left to right: Silk & Cotton Straight Skirt, Crepe Cigarette Pants, Structured A-Line Skirt

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Simplify your early-morning routine with some staple garments that can carry you through the work week and beyond. Black pants always come in handy, but try getting them tailored to your shape and liking so you will always feel comfortable in them.

The little black dress can be dressed up with accessories, while a denim piece will subtly put the “casual” in casual Fridays.

teacher cardigans

Top from left to right: V-Neck Cotton Cardigan, Pointelle Short Sleeve Cardigan; Bottom from left to right: Merona Women’s Ultimate Long Sleeve Crew Neck Cardigan, Gap Mesh-Stitch Cardigan, H&M Fine-Knit Cardigan

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Cardigans deserve their own category, of course. They come in every color, lots of patterns and are great for layering.

the jackets

Top from left to right: Collarless Faux Leather Biker Jacket, J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer; Bottom from left to right: Zara Flowy Trenchcoat With Camouflage Lining, Gap Military Jacket, Helene Berman Wool Blend Cape

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Autumn has a wide climate range: one minute it’s nice and breezy, the next it’s freezing rain. To combat those rocky times, invest in some coats meant to deal with weather, like an updated trench, and lighter jackets that are more trend-focused, like a cape or leather bomber.


Top from left to right: Style&co Lily Envelope Clutch, Faux Gemstone Bib Necklace; Bottom from left to right: Timex Women’s Elevated Classics Bracelet Watch, R&R Leather Organizer Flap Leather Crossbody Bag, Nordstrom Woven Scarf

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Sure, you can get along wearing black and navy all of the time — but amp up your style with some statement accessories. You’re golden with a structured purse or dangling necklace. Add some sensibility with the coolest bag of the season: a briefcase.

the shoes

Top from left to right: Crown Vintage Sandy Bootie, DV By Dolce Vita Langely; Bottom from left to right: Audrey Brooke Cici Leather Flat, Lauren Ralph Lauren Mila Riding Boot, Aldo Ocaria Pump

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And…finally, it’s boot season! With that in mind, you can get different pairs at various lengths, including booties and riding boots. Additionally, it’s always helpful to have a pump here or there, and don’t forget about flats — because you know you’ll be wearing those most of the time.

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Some of my very favorite fall looks

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Team Kourage – Well, our little Team has turned into the Team that Could… We have over 20 Registered walkers, and with kids and guests, we will be about 35 Walkers!  Did I mention that along with our t-shirts, we also have Team Kourage visors?  Thanks Cindy!!  Plus, we have raised $7500.  50% over our goal.  Walking for a Cure, that’s us.  Team Kourage.   ❤ ❤ ❤




Song of the Day: Lisztomania by Phoenix.  Compliments of my Finger Snapping Playlist, from Stephanie.

So sentimental
Not sentimental no!
Romantic, not disgusting yet

Friday Funday…having lunch with 2 of my favorites, Amelia and Joy.  And who said competitors can’t be friends?  Not us!

Have a very happy weekend, and Go Bears!  Sunday Night Football!!  We won’t even discuss that fiasco against the Bills. Ugh.  I mean, it was the Buffalo Bills!  For goodness sakes!


Tracy posted this pic…and yup, it was accurate!  Hoping for a better outcome against the 49-ers!



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Another Royal Baby!!  Seriously, so excited.  🙂




Seriously, I am so easily distracted.


One down…205 to go. 🙂

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Always hoping.



Who don’t I run into at Mariano’s?

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