Wear A Maxi Dress for Comfort and Style

It’s been a long week with my son’s surgery, two other sons out of town, and our last one needing rides all over town to meet up with his friends or to attend meetings for fall sports. While my son’s surgery was pretty stressful because he was in so much pain, it did give me a chance to talk and laugh with him (once he started feeling better). While I wish he didn’t have to go through the surgery, I am grateful for the chance to reconnect with him. Our teens are so busy these days, it’s hard to always get that quality one-on-one time with any of them. After our busy week, I am ready for a relaxing weekend! I think that a maxi dress is the perfect outfit to wear for comfort and style when you want to relax but still need to look decent.

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Enhance Your Personal Style With Second-Hand Clothes

I have a thing for second-hand clothes. I love that I’m saving money. I love that I may find something unique. I love the thrill of the hunt for something that is new to me. So you can imagine how excited I was to discover thredUP, the online store for high quality second-hand clothes. But I know you couldn’t hear me squeal when I found a dress that still had its original price tags attached. I mean, I knew thredUP sold used clothes, including designer brands, but new items, with the tags still attached, and at a fraction of its original cost? I was almost speechless (that’s because I was squealing).

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Black Sheath Dress To Wear To Work

One of my “unofficial” tasks in my last job was to help individuals figure out what to wear to work. It wasn’t part of my duties as assigned, but more often than not, my boss would ask me to speak to someone about their outfit choices. It wasn’t an easy task, but I tried my best to help them consider appropriate clothes for their position and the organization. Continue reading “Black Sheath Dress To Wear To Work”

Tailor Made Off The Shoulder Top

I have heard over and over throughout my years that “fit is everything.” I never paid much attention to that saying until I noticed how the fit of clothes began to change on me the older I became. For example, that flowy bohemian maxi dress that I loved when I was younger and much slimmer now made me look frumpy. The unstructured linen sheath I wore a few summers ago looked like a paper bag on me this year. And the boyfriend jeans that hung straight to the floor. Not so great anymore. As I aged, I found myself craving clothes with more of a shape to them, but not all the clothes I bought had the same shape on me as they had in the store or online.  And then I discovered my tailor.

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Light and Breezy in Sizzling Temps

We have been going through a heat wave here in Virginia. Today’s temp is supposed to reach 97 degrees and tomorrow’s high is predicted to be 102! My pup, Harper, is always up for a walk or run, but even she doesn’t want to venture outside. When we start to get into these dog days of summer, I always reach for a light and breezy dress. Continue reading “Light and Breezy in Sizzling Temps”

Finding Hidden Treasures

One of the things I love about my town are all the little treasures that we will find when we’re out running errands or grabbing a bite to eat. Yesterday, my husband and I were on our way to the butcher’s (yes, our town has a butcher!) when we noticed this instrument hanging near a door down a side street. We’ve both lived in this area for many, many years and never noticed this spot before. So we pulled in and discovered that this was the Wm Mason II Violin Shop, a full service shop with two professional violin makers in house. They make, repair and restore violins, violas, cellos and basses. I was amazed! The shop wasn’t open when we stopped by yesterday, but I loved this little scene and we had to take some pics.

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Celebrating 50 Years of Love

My parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary today and I thought I’d wear this white maxi dress as a tribute to their half century of love. It is in no way as beautiful as my mom’s wedding dress, but I’ve been saving this dress for a special occasion and what better occasion than my parent’s 50th anniversary? Continue reading “Celebrating 50 Years of Love”

Striped Navy Dress and Red Shoes

When my son Hunter was preparing to interview for his first job, I was adamant that he be dressed to the nines. After all, first impressions are lasting impressions and I wanted to help him start off on the right foot. But mom, he said, this is a fast-food restaurant. I don’t need a three-piece suit. I’ll be so overdressed. I thought about that for a second. He had a point. He didn’t want to be overdressed for the culture of the organization, and walking in with a suit and tie might be a little too much for the casual environment of a fast-food restaurant. However, I advised him to still dress professionally and appropriately for the interview to help him project a positive image and to show respect to the person interviewing him. He ended up wearing tan trousers and a button-down collared shirt. Continue reading “Striped Navy Dress and Red Shoes”

For the Love of Reading

When I was a little girl, my father would come home from work and surprise me with a new book. He would usually gave it directly to me, but sometimes, I would go up to my room and find a new book on my pillowcase.  Heidi, The Secret Garden, The Chronicles of Narnia, even the Archie comic book digest found their way from my dad’s briefcase to my bedroom. I loved reading so much that I used to hide my books in my lap at the dinner table and read as much as I could while pretending to eat. My mother, who was all-knowing and all-seeing, put an end to my reading at the dinner table. But I read every other chance I had. Books transported me to other places and different worlds. I became friends with their characters, ensuring them that I would return soon when I took a break and closed their pages (or had to eat dinner). They introduced me to words that were beautiful on paper and even more lovely when said out loud: heaven, ethereal, love, angel.  Books were magical. Continue reading “For the Love of Reading”

Casual Work Outfit

When I was in college, I worked part-time at a newspaper to help pay for my tuition and books but to also gain experience; I was planning to be a journalist when I graduated. One evening, my co-worker (who was also a college student) and I were manning the phones when Marjorie walked by, wished us goodnight and then left the building. Marjorie was my boss’s boss, and many of us college kids were in awe of her. With her tailored suits, sleek heels and chic, short haircut, she looked as if she could have stepped out of the pages of a fashion magazine. She was the definition of sophistication and elegance. We all wanted to be like Marjorie.

I remember my friend sighing as she walked by that evening. Then she said, “When I get a real job, I’ll have a closet just like hers, and all of my clothes will have to be dry cleaned.”

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