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And What a Summer it Was!

12 Sep

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It seems like just yesterday I had the entire summer ahead of me.  It was middle of May and I was waiting for Patrick’s arrival home from his first year at Miami University. To me, that was going to be the beginning of summer. So much to look forward to!  Family. Friends. Fun!  It was going to be the beginning of the Best. Summer. Ever!

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Now, I am looking back in the rear view mirror at Summer.  Where did summer go?  Where did my great abs in 30-days go?  Here is just a small sampling of my summer.  And what a Summer it was!!

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Several fun jaunts to the race track…We even had days which we won.  One day we were winning even though we were betting on the wrong race for three races!  #Winning #OnlyUs

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Games of Uno and Uno Attack.  Probably played over 100 games. 🙂  Truly, one of my very favorite memories of summer.  Reverse, reverse!  Skip, skip, skip to my Lou!  You had to be there.  I’m looking forward to Patrick coming home to play some more. #RockStarLife

Quick trip to Cancun – ‘Twas a quick business trip, but had fun, fun, fun.  Eat, drink and be Terry!

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It was a summer of Lilly Pulitzer dresses… and not just by me! Mary was on the same bandwagon.

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Fun trip to West Palm Beach, where I was treated like a Rock Star thanks to my friend, PMH!  Nothing like having a car pick you up at the airport with a bottle of Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay chilling in the car.  Fabulous way to start a fabulous weekend!

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Hanging with friends.  Old and new!

Got to meet my new style idol, India Hicks!  She is just about the coolest person ever… and in trying to remain “cool”, I  chose not to have my picture taken with her. Hindsight being 20/20… we know I’m not that cool.  Should have gotten that picture!  I want to be her when I grow up!

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Noodling around in a pool more times than I can count on one hand!! Probably one of my favorite summer activities. Enjoyed Bloody Mary’s each time.  It was 5:00 somewhere.  Or 11AM! 🙂  It’s important to note that bouncing around a pool on a noodle, does not accumulate steps on your Fitbit tracker. #WhoKnew?

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Cubs game with my #SoleSister.  It’s our year!!  I’m speaking of the Cubs.  It’s always Tracy and my year.  Always.

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Late Summer trip to San Diego

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Always one of my favorite vacation pictures.  Morning coffee with a view.

 

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Vacation on the balcony. I’ve come to realize that asking servers to take one’s picture can cause a bit of consternation with the server. #Selfie

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Styling at the pool. #IHStyle

Awesome day of day-drinking in Laguna Beach with B and B (using initials to protect the innocent).  Nothing better, btw. Plus, I got to try out my Spanish! For the record, I don’t speak Spanish.  🙂

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One of my favorite views from one of my favorite places with four of my favorite people!  Seriously, what could be better than enjoying a Vodka/Lemonade, eating a seafood salad and looking at this view? Nothing, nothing could be better. Well maybe if the lemonade was Pink lemonade, that would have been better. 😉

The Movie Gleason.  Saw it twice in two days.  Would have made it three if it was playing near me the 3rd day. If you haven’t seen the movie, I urge you to do so.

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Got to meet Steve and Michel Gleason.  Truly one of the highlights of my summer

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Great, great, great summer with kids.

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We were also introduced to our new obsession… The Seafood Tower at Ruth’s Chris.  Totally fabulous!  Clealry, this wasn’t our first dirty martini.  Of the summer.  Or of the night.  We were already accustomed to those.  Cheers!

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Patrick got a new car and Mer and I got manicures.  #WinWin

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This was during the James Taylor concert at Wrigley Field!  Whenever I see your smiling face. 🙂

I also went to see Adele.  Hello!  And last concert of the summer, but certainly not least, I saw Train at Ravinia.  We stood the entire concert.  The entire concert.  Best. Concert. Ever.  Three concerts. One summer.  Not too bad.

 

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And a boy says goodbye to his dog. Sad dog.  Sad mom.  Sad boy?  Not so much. 🙂

Song of the Day:  This’ll Be My Year, by Train

No more
Countin’ down the hours
No more
Wishin’ you were here
I stopped believin’,
Although Journey told me ‘don’t’
Before I call it a day,
Maybe this’ll be my year

And at the end of the day… It was the Best. Summer. Ever!  It was Not the best Bears game ever, btw.   I’m always surprised when they lose.  Always surprised.  Let’s hope there aren’t many more surprises in store for me this football season.

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And everything will work out, just the way it’s supposed to!  For that, I am certain!

xoxo,

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Best Quotes About Summer

5 Aug

 

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I cannot believe we are in the last month of summer.  And yes, I’m aware that summer “officially” ends in September (typically around my birthday as a matter of fact), but with kids already heading back to college, I see summer flashing before my eyes.  It makes me very, very sad, as I know that Patrick, Mary and their friends and are in the process of moving back to school. And some very special young adults are heading to college for the first time.  Sniff, sniff!  It’s been a great summer and I still have 2 fun trips planned (FL and SoCal) but I know when those are in the bag, at least in my eyes (and in my house) summer is almost over.

Thank you Town and Country Magazine for putting the spring…I mean, summer in my step with introducing these summer quotes.

Best Summer Quotes

Quotes about summer

1. “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”- F.Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


2. “Summer bachelors like summer breezes, are never as cool as they pretend to be.” – Nora Ephron

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3. “Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” – Sam Keen

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4. “The summer night is like a perfection of thought.” -Wallace Stevens

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5. “Do what we can, summer will have its flies.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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6. “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” -Henry James

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7. ” If it could only be like this always – always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe…” -Evelyn Waugh

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8. ” Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” -John Lubbock

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9. “Summertime is always the best of what might be.” -Charles Bowden

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10. “I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” – L.M. Montgomery

 

Tonight is the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics.  What’s the most ridiculous thing about the 2016 Summer Olympics, is they should be in Chicago!  Not Rio!  #EpicFail!

My all-time favorite olympic moment.  I’ve posted this before and I will post it again.  #DressedToAT.  #TeamTerry

Here is a video of Derek Redmond, running the 400M in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.  I remember watching this “live” when it happened and knowing that I would remember this for the rest of my life.  Or 14 years later.

 

Happy Birthday Nancy!  Happy Birthday Matthew!  Happy Graduation party Christopher!

Enjoy your summer.  Enjoy every day.  Have a great weekend!

xoxo,

T.

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I would.  I really, really would.

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🙂

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So very wrong.

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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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! 🙂

 

Summertime, Summertime…

27 May

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Memorial Day Weekend!  One of my very favorite weekend’s of the year!  Each and every Memorial Day weekend, I know I’m about to embark on the Best. Summer. Ever!  I’m including some items to help launch all of us, into the BSE.

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Life gets better.  Making this the best summer ever!

 

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Remember the ones you love and make them a priority… 🙂

 

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Puzzle nights, Family Fondue Night, Night Games, Neighbor BBQ are all on my/our list!  We will be adding to this list as well!

 

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Throw in some Garrett’s Popcorn… and, well, there you have it!

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I’m going to make a goal of having one of each of these S’Mores.

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I will take one of each please. And let’s throw a Stella or two, to be enjoyed on the deck.  Cheers!

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After Portillos; Lou Malnatis and Buona Beef, the S’Mores and the beach cocktails…You’ll need to do this.

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It’s good to have a book list!  I plan to read at least 10 books this summer.  My summer reading bucket list.

Song of the Day: Only Time will Tell, by Asia

I see it now becomes so clear
Your insincerity
And me all starry eyed
You think that I would have known by now
Now sure as the sun will cross the sky
This lie is over
Lost like the tears that used to tide
Me over

I’ve had a great week.  A happy, fruitful, productive and enjoyable week!   I’m looking forward to a happy, fruitful, productive and enjoyable summer.  Best. Summer. Ever.  And may we all be as happy as the Chewbacca Mom!  On any day of the week, I will take Chewbacca Mom over anything Kardashian…and I’m guessing most are with me on this one!

If you watch this and you don’t smile and laugh, there is no hope for you!

 

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Have a happy and safe Memorial Day!

xoxo,

T.

Check out India Hicks…my new obsession:

https://www.indiahicks.com/event/india-hicks-launch-get-together/shopping

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yay summer

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Summer Style and Hot Weather “Beauty” Tips

31 Jul

 

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Life is all about perspective.  You either look at the glass as half full or half empty (unless it’s a cold, crisp chardonnay, and in that case it’s always looking to be topped off…but I digress)… So, on the 31st of July, we can look at life and summer in one of two ways.  We either think that summer is nearing a close.   We think when we are staring August straight in the eye, that means that school is looming upon us (or college for my boy, sob-sob) and peace, love and fun in the sun is winding down…Or…we can look at we have 3 more weeks of summer (at least when Paddy goes off to college), and that’s 3 more weeks when we can make the most of every day. Three more weeks to soak up the sun.  Three more weeks to grill off our new BBQ.  Three more weeks to enjoy “family” time…and that includes those who are not necessarily family by blood, but are family nonetheless.  Three more weeks to enjoy those $1 McDonald’s vanilla cones.  Three more weeks to have an ice cream party in the sun room.   You get the drift.  Living and making the most of every day!  Good weather or not, I plan on enjoying every single minute left of summer!

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Life is all about perspective.  And in my perspective, I haven’t blogged nearly enough about cute summer fashions.  And while my summer uniform seems to be jogging shorts and a v-neck t-shirt, it doesn’t mean that I’m not capable, and longing to wear some cute summer clothes…even for a night out with my favorite girl for a dirty martini and some sushi!

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My Favorite Summer Looks

Fashion Pills Black Lady Halter Wide Leg Jumpsuit by Seams For a Desire

Fashion Pills Black Lady Halter Wide Leg Jumpsuit by Seams For a Desire

Have one almost Exactly like this, but it’s black and white, and I plan on wearing it to a wedding in September!

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Detailed Tank Outfit Idea

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Some of my summer fashion favs from Etcetera!

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Speaking of hot weather…It’s hotter than Blazes here!!

 

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Hot Weather Beauty Hacks – from StyleCaster

Summer is all about having fun outside with your friends, enjoying the gorgeous weather whenever you get the chance. While it’s our favorite season for obvious reasons, there are some aspects of the hot weather that can really put a damper on our beauty routines. So, if you’d rather “glow” than well, downright sweat and become a frizzy mess, we have some summer beauty hacks you’ll want to learn – and put to memory – ASAP. They may seem a bit crazy, but they’re downright effective tricks when the temps border on 100.

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The same way that baby powder can act as a dry shampoo (in a pinch) to absorb excess oil, it works wonders at the beach. Once you’ve got your fill of sun and sand for the day, sprinkle baby powder on your feet, legs, and anywhere else where you’ve got sand stuck to you. The powder will absorb the moisture on your skin from sweat and salt water (which is what makes the sand stick to you) and you’ll be able to wipe all of the sand off immediately.  Yes, it may seem odd to add more powder to your mess – but it works, trust us.

MORE: 12 Weird Ways to Use Coconut Oil

diy baking soda

The safest way to tan is to avoid the sun altogether, but using self-tanner means that sometimes there will be mistakes. To remove any streaky or overly orange patches on your skin, mix together baking soda and a bit of water to create a paste. Use the mixture to gently exfoliate your skin where you need to even out the tanner and you’ll be set! Just make sure to do so over a towel, just in case any of the paste falls on the floor – easy clean up!

deodorant stick

Besides frizz, the worst part of heat styling your hair during the summer is sweating while you’re styling. We all know the struggle of blow drying our hair, and essentially needing another shower once we’re done because of sweat. Avoid all of this with a simple hack: Apply a powder (not gel) deodorant to the back of your neck about 10 minutes before blow drying your hair. It’ll have the same antiperspirant effect on your neck as it does under your arms.

MORE: 10 (Surprising!) Ways to Use a Toothbrush in Your Beauty Routine

how to use dry shampoo

Dry shampoo is a girl’s best friend year-round, but during the summer, it’s actually better when you don’t apply it in the morning. Spritz your roots with dry shampoo at night to let the product absorb oil (and perspiration) throughout the night. Giving dry shampoo a bit of time to work its magic will give you much better results.

aloe vera

As much as we try to prevent sunburn, there are just some days when we miss a spot while putting it on, or we forget to reapply during a day outside. Aloe vera is one of the best ways to soothe burned skin, but chilled aloe vera is even better. Fill up an ice cube tray with aloe vera gel and keep it in your freezer all summer long, then pop out a cube or two when you need some extra relief. It will immediately help to soothe your ailing skin.

MORE: Awesome Ways to Use Nail Polish (Besides on Your Nails)

lemon juice for stains

Sometimes, even if you’re using clinical strength products, you wind up with stains under your arms on your favorite shirts. If you’re out of spot remover, squeeze lemon juice onto the stains before tossing into the laundry. The acidity of the lemon will lift the sweat stains right out of your shirts.

nail polish hack

DIY manicure mavens know that nothing ruins all your hard work like bubbles in your polish. During the summer, the heat can react with the ingredients in nail polish to make it thicker and a bit globby. Plus, it takes much longer to dry in the summer due to this heat, giving those bubbles more time to make a mess. Store your nail polish in the fridge, keeping it cool and thus getting a much smoother paint job when you do a manicure. If you can’t fit your entire collection in the fridge (because really, who could?) just put the colors you’ll be using, your base and top coat in the fridge for about an hour before you paint your nails for the same effect.

keep razors from rusting

Besides being dull, rust on razors is one of the quickest ways to get nicks while you’re shaving — not to mention infections. Keep your razor alive for longer by storing it outside of the shower, and coat the blades in olive oil between uses to protect the metal from rusting.

chamomile tea bag

Bikini line rash happens to just about everyone, but that doesn’t mean you need to suffer. Steep a few bags of chamomile tea in hot water, then let them cool for about 15-20 minutes in the freezer. Lay the tea bags along your bikini line where you see a rash and let the calming effects of the herbs do their job.

dryer sheets

Spending a ton of time outside this summer? Chances are, you’re in a buggy area, which means you’ll need some serious repellent to avoid being eaten alive. To repel bugs, rub dryer sheets all over your clothes (and even your legs), then keep one or two in your back pocket or tucked into your shorts. The scent will repel bugs without needing to spray yourself with bug repellent every few minutes. Bonus: Dryer sheets smell a whole lot better than bug spray ever will!

Source:  : http://stylecaster.com/beauty-high/summer-beauty-hacks/#ixzz3hOYMleja

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It’s not too late to tackle your Summer Bucket List!

Song of the Day:  One Republic, Good Life

When you’re happy like a fool
Let it take you over
When everything is out
You gotta take it in

Oh this has gotta be the good life
This has gotta be the good life
This could really be a good life, good life

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Stop waiting for Friday!  But wait…It’s Friday!  Make it a great one!!

xoxo,

T.

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A horse with no name…:)

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I’m a fantastic driver, btw.

Styling a White Blazer…and a mini Graduation recap.

5 Jun

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Tis the season…and I don’t mean Christmas or Graduation (but it is graduation season, and more on that later in this blog)… but since we are at the onset of summer and I have more than one white blazer in my closet,  I wanted to share some tips on styling your white blazer. This also includes a white denim jacket, which happens to be my summer staple.  I always love it when an article comes across my desk (or I find it via a google search, same diff), which is timely, relevant and exactly what I’m looking for.

Stylist Tips: 10 Ways to Wear A White Blazer

I don’t know about you guys, but I feel like I’ve seen white blazers everywhere lately. Fashion bloggers are wearing them. Magazines show different celebrities wearing them. I decided it was my turn. I’m a blazer kind of gal anyways, so it’s kind of surprising that I don’t already have a white blazer in my closet. I think I have almost every other color. I did a little shopping for myself last week (which doesn’t happen often), but I did find a white blazer from Banana Republic that I think is going to be a keeper.

Now that I have my white blazer, I figured I would put this post together for myself and for you guys as well. I can’t wait to try out all of these different looks from my closet!

10 Ways to Wear a White Blazer

All Over Black

10 Ways How to Wear a White Blazer Over All Black Kate Moss

10 Ways How to Wear a White Blazer Over All Black Emma Watson

Basic Tee

10 Ways How to Wear a White Blazer Basic Tee

10 Ways How to Wear a White Blazer Basic Tee

Bright Colors

10 Ways to Wear a White Blazer Bright Colors Julianne Hough

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Chambray

10 Ways to Wear a White Blazer Chambray Shirt

10 Ways to Wear a White Blazer Chambray Shirt

Floral

10 Ways to Wear a White Blazer Floral Dress

 

Graphic Tee

10 Ways to Wear a White Blazer Graphic Tee

10 Ways to Wear a White Blazer Graphic Tee

Maxi Dress

10 Ways to Wear a White Blazer Maxi Dress

10 Ways to Wear a White Blazer Solid Maxi Dress

Monochromatic

 

10 Ways to Wear a White Blazer Monochromatic All White

Stripes

10 Ways to Wear a White Blazer Stripes

10 Ways to Wear a White Blazer Stripes

Work Look

10 Ways to Wear a White Blazer Work Look

10 Ways to Wear a White Blazer Work Look

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My Favorite Looks with a White Blazer

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Mer and I styling our white blazers.

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Styling my white blazer while celebrating Lora’s BD!  I believe it was paired with a silver tank and blue jeans and silver heels.

Graduation Class of 2015

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2 Graduates and a puppy… And yes, we are replacing slats on the deck.  And yes, they will be painted.  Before the graduation soire!

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Making a stand and Not posting a family pic, since we didn’t get pics with the family and extended family who were with us to help celebrate.  Plus, since I look less than Fabulous in our pics (or not), I’m keeping those pics to ourselves (and our FB family). 🙂

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Hats off to the Class of 2015.  You did it!

Song of the Day:  What Have I Done to Deserve This, by The Petshop Boys – Have always loved this song.  Reminds me of Kevin, not because of the words, but because it was always playing on the radio when we were dating…or working together.  Same difference. ❤  It was the 80’s, what can I say?   Sirius radio is one of the best things to ever happen to this blog, and is giving Dr. Stevie and Kim some well deserved time off.  The 70’s and 80’s channel have given me years of Songs of the Day, all ramped up! 

Since you went away.
I’ve been hanging around.
I’ve been wondering why
I’m feeling down.
You went away.
It should make me feel better
But I don’t know

My favorite quote from this week from my all-time favorite, Beth:  “On a girl note, you look fabulous, Terry! <3” .  Best. Text. Ever!

And here we are at the start of the Best. Summer. Ever!

Peace, love and fun in the sun!!

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xoxo,

T.

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Source:  http://effortlesstyle.com/how-to-wear-a-white-blazer/