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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Why We Should Shop Local

Shopping local is something I love to do throughout the year. Buying items in your local non-big box store is just plain good for so many reasons. For starters, by shopping local, you’re helping that business grow and hopefully, become more successful. That way, they can continue to bring you their goods and services. Starting a business is also part of the  quintessential American dream, that a vision coupled with hard work creates an opportunity for success. Why not help move that dream closer to reality?

If you buy local, your money also goes toward the community in which you live. Local governments collect sales tax revenue from businesses. Having worked for a long time for a local government, these revenues are used to make communities a better place for you to live, work and raise a family. Who doesn’t want to improve their community?

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A Pink Dress In A Secret Garden

I’ve talked before on this blog about all the unique places in our downtown. I am amazed that for as long as I’ve lived here, I still find little nooks and crannies that I have never seen before. That happened to my husband and me after we went out to dinner earlier this week. We like to explore after our meal just to see what’s new in town. After pulling into a parking area so we could walk around, he noticed this little pathway between two buildings. It was lined with shrubs and had climbing plants on one wall and the lattice at the back. It connected two different parking areas between buildings, but really led nowhere special. Still, standing on this pathway made us feel as if we were in a secret garden. It was magical.

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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”