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July 23, 2016


Good morning my friends.  It's hard to believe that it's only been a week since we last visited but it has.  So much has happened to me internally and I have been looking forward to this post all week but now suddenly I am staring at a blank screen wondering where in the world to start.  Don't worry, I won't start at the beginning, ha, ha!

If you've been following me on facebook or instagram (it's just easiest share bite size nuggets on

July 16, 2016


Hello there!  Grab a cup of something hot and sit a while this is going to be a long one...

If you receive my newsletter (and open it up, lol) you read my words on "something's got to give". The last couple of weeks I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed by lots of individual things but mostly by life in general. I am feeling like I have lost the joy in life's everyday beauty...like I've lost me.  So I knew it was time to slow down and regroup, which is what I'm doing right now.

flowers and coffee

I don't know how that looks for you but I thought I'd try and share what it looks like for me.

July 12, 2016


Once we hit mid summer and the days are long and the air is heavy with heat, I begin to look for ways to freshen up our home that don't require much effort or movement.  One of my favorite things to do is to bring in fresh flowers, either from the garden or from the grocery store or a combination of both.  Lately I've been playing around with monochromatic floral arrangements because they are so easy to put together and they add so much charm to any room.  They are definitely worth the splurge.

how to arrange flowers

I will usually start by walking the garden to see what (if anything) is blooming.  Today I happened to

July 11, 2016

DENIM AND LACE - fashion at 50

I love today's outfit.  It is one of my all time favorite looks and if you visit my fashion pinterest board you will see several versions of this same outfit...denim and lace.  In today's case, distressed denim and white lace.

denim and lace

Isn't this white lace top pretty?  I found it on an impromptu stop at Goodwill last week for $5.95.  The

July 9, 2016

A CUP OF KINDNESS - let's chat

Grab something to drink, this is going to be a long one...

When I plan out my blogging editorial calendar each month I always leave Saturdays open knowing that I want my chatting with you to be current news.  Each week my hope is that these visits will be encouraging words between friends, but today my heart is heavy and I struggled to find something positive to talk about.

pretty measuring cups

As the events across the country have unfolded and without taking a stand on the individual things

July 8, 2016


It's been awhile since I shared a pinterest inspired outfit with you so I thought I'd do that today.  Truth be told most of my outfits are pinterest or blog inspired in one way or another every day, but today I'll share with you the actual pin and what I came up with as my.interpretation of the look

white jeans and black blouse

Today I'm styling white jeans and a black sheer blouse based on inspiration I found on my pinterest

July 7, 2016


For the longest time I have been trying to figure out what to do with the wall space at the end of our living room where it meets the sliding glass door.  It is an odd area where two walls meet to form a corner.  It's basically dead space with no real purpose but since it's visible as you enter the room I want whatever I hang there to be eye catching.  I've tried several different options already but haven't been ecstatic with any of them.

via pinterest

I love a good gallery wall and am thinking a gallery grouping might be perfect there.  With all the

July 6, 2016

PRETTY PAISLEY PRINT - fashion at 50

I met a couple of my girlfriends for breakfast and a little life catch up conversation last week at a local restaurant.  It had been a while since we got together and it felt really good to see them and to hear how their families are doing.  I have always enjoyed the company of women so these times are really important to me.

paisley print and skinny jeans

These particular friends and I have know each other for many years so they would not have batted an

July 5, 2016


In between all the hustle and bustle of helping my daughter to move out this week I've been busy making lists of things I'd like to do here at home.  I thinks it's important to rethink how your rooms are functioning for your family every once in a while.  As our family dynamics (and even interests) change, the way we use our home changes as well.

For instance, how I use my studio space has changed a number of times over the years depending on

July 2, 2016


Woo-hoo we made it.   It's been hard earned and a long time coming but we are on the starting end of a long summer weekend that hopefully involves lot's of good food and second helpings of dessert! Even though we don't have any big plans to do anything special I am still ready to celebrate.

Before we light any fireworks I thought I would catch you up on the happenings around here and then you can do the same with me.

patriotic centerpiece

On the decorating front... I did decide on carpet for the master bedroom so now I just need to return

July 1, 2016

A LITTLE RED, WHITE AND BLUE - fashion at 50

With June behind us and the 4th of July coming up next week we have officially passed the midway point of the year.  That seems hard to believe but it's true.  With excessive heat right around the corner, there are still a couple of weeks of moderate temperatures to enjoy and I for one am planning on doing just that.

It seemed appropriate to style a little bit of red, white and blue going into this Independence Day