Last Post: Family First

Hello! I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted and I apologize for that. My parents are dealing with some serious life-changing health issues and that has taken top priority with me. They are extremely private people so out of respect for them, I won’t say any more. What I will say is that I’ve enjoyed blogging – although it was for a very short time – and maybe one day I’ll return. But right now I need to devote time to helping my parents and the rest of our family move through this chapter of our lives.

So thank you so much for your readership and support. I’ve appreciated your interest and always enjoyed interacting with you here in the comments or on social media.  Give your family members a hug if you can. Life can change in an instant. Take care.


Cathy V.

Dreaming of Summer with Palazzo Pants

Hello friends! 2018 sped quickly out of the gate for me and I’m still working to catch up! Family matters and health issues have kept me away from the blog for a bit. My job has kept me pretty busy as well; the end of the year and the beginning of a new year are busy times for me. Obviously, my family and our health takes priority, and my job helps pay the bills, so the blog ends up getting the short end of the stick during these busy times. I will try to get here as much as I can. Thanks so much for sticking with me and for your patience. Continue reading “Dreaming of Summer with Palazzo Pants”

Ageless Style Linkup: Favorite Retro Look With Flared Jeans

Happy New Year and welcome to the first post of 2018 for the Ageless Style Linkup! The Linkup runs the first Tuesday of each month and features 10 women styling something based on one theme, 10 different ways. This month we are welcoming two lovely ladies to our group: Kellyann of This Blonde’s Shopping Bag and Lisa of Classic Style by Lisa. You can find all of their links later in this post.

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Express Your Individuality: Track Pants and A Boyfriend Blazer

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are still enjoying this holiday week. We went to see my parents for a quick visit and then came back home to spend time with my husband’s parents and uncle. Since the kids are off from school, I’ve got various appointments to get them to and I’m also still working my part-time job. So while we are still in holiday mode, we do have a bit of a To-Do list.

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The Star of the Christmas Closet: A Red Dress (with a Plaid Blanket Scarf)

The other night my best friend – a woman I’ve known for 43 years – called me. She actually Facetimed me, so I was tickled pink when I saw her name come up on my phone and it was a bonus to see her. Because of the schedules of our two families as well as distance (she lives in another state), it has been many years since we last visited each other.

Hey there! 

Hey! Guess what’s on TV right now? 

“The Sound of Music!” I said without hesitation. It was indeed being broadcast and we both laughed after I said it.

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Celebrating a Galaxy Far, Far Away

I am beyond excited today, not because it’s Friday, or that Christmas is just over a week away, or that my husband is off next week. Well, I am excited about all those things. But today, there’s only one thing that’s keeping my heart all a flutter and a smile on my face.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has finally come out.

I know, it actually came out last night, but I’m not able to see it until this weekend.

That’s right, I’m 49 years old and I’m a huge Star Wars geek. From the first movie to today’s film, my love for Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, r2d2, C-3PO, Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader has never faltered. I’ve seen every movie in the series at least three times, except for Return of the Jedi, which I saw eight times.


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Gifts for the Book Lovers On Your List

Some of the greatest gifts I have ever received have been books. I love to get lost in the stories among their pages, I love how their pages feel in my hands, and I love having them around me. I always tell my kids that when they grow up and move out, one of their rooms is going to become my new walk-in closet and another room is going to be my own personal library.

I’ve already designed it in my mind. It will have big cushy chairs and ottomans, little lamps sprinkled throughout, and shelves and shelves of books, from floor to ceiling. I’ll also move my vintage roll top desk that my husband bought me for my birthday into the room so that I can write to my heart’s content, surrounded by my works of inspiration.

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Enjoy the Moments of the Season in a Green Suede Jacket

On Saturday we had our first snowfall of the season and on Sunday we started planning for our summer vacation.

Not because of the snow, but because with a blended family and the schedules of four teenagers, we have to plan around schedules that are already set seven months ahead.  Continue reading “Enjoy the Moments of the Season in a Green Suede Jacket”

A Maxi Skirt for An Evening Out

A few weekends ago, my husband and I took his 83-year-old Uncle Lutz out to dinner and I wore this maxi skirt, feeling like it was going to be the star of the evening. It looked gorgeous, was comfortable to wear, and with its full and flowing design, was quite dramatic.

While I received many compliments on the skirt, it definitely wasn’t the star that night. Uncle Lutz stole the show and I’m so glad he did!

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A Holiday Dress for the Ageless Style Linkup

It’s the first Tuesday of the month which means it’s time for the Ageless Style Linkup. Our  theme is keeping with the holidays and showcasing something that we could dress up or down, holiday style or holiday casual.

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