Denim Pencil Skirt

My stepson, Jaekob, is a workhorse when it comes to his sports, exercise and nutrition. He is a regional and state high school champion shotput and discus thrower and he also plays on his school’s football team. He works out at the gym regularly, practices his shotput and discus throwing, and watches what he eats. He is laser focused on improving his athletic abilities every day and his efforts are paying off. He will start his senior year of high school in the fall, and he is drawing the attention of several colleges and universities. We are looking forward to seeing which school he picks to attend. Continue reading “Denim Pencil Skirt”

Easy Tank Dress for a Summer Concert

My 14-year-old son, Chase, has been taking guitar lessons since he was in 3rd grade. He started with my older son, Hunter, but Hunter has moved on to other interests. Chase, on the other hand, has stayed with his lessons and has improved considerably over this last year. I never thought that he would be interested in anything more than lessons but a few weeks ago he asked if he could play at an open mic night somewhere. Surprised, I asked him if he was sure, and when he said yes, I contacted the owner of a restaurant that we visit quite a bit and asked about him playing at her open mic night. Chase was pretty subdued the whole week leading up to his performance. I, on the other hand, was a nervous wreck! A huge storm with thunder, lightening and strong winds had roared in just a few minutes before the open mic started and all the patrons on the restaurant’s deck ran inside. The power even flickered a few times. Continue reading “Easy Tank Dress for a Summer Concert”

Enjoying the Old Faithfuls In Your Closet

I’m so fortunate to live in a part of Virginia that is easily accessible to so many attractions: the beach is about three hours away; the mountains are a two-hour drive; our nation’s capital is 45 miles north; and Richmond, Virginia’s capital, is about a 30-minute drive south. Continue reading “Enjoying the Old Faithfuls In Your Closet”

Summer Cool in a Black Dress

Every morning, my husband gives me a call as he’s on his way to his office. You’d think we wouldn’t have much to say because we talk to each other all morning long as we’re getting ready. But we do! It could be something we forgot to mention, something that came up between the time he left the house and when he calls, or he just calls to say he loves me (cue Stevie Wonder). Our calls last for just a few minutes and then we both get on with our day. But the other day, he called me a second time later in the morning with an interesting request: Please bring me some pants. Continue reading “Summer Cool in a Black Dress”

White Fringe Dress for Summer

Welcome to my very first post! I’m a little excited, a little terrified since I’ve never done anything like this before. So I hope you’ll bear with me as I make my way through this. Let me tell you right off the bat that I tend to be a perfectionist. I want everything to look just right, in the best light, with the best story, etc. Well, when I first saw these pictures, I thought Oh no, we can’t use these! They’re too dark, my hair is frizzy, my dress is baggy, I need to work on my smile, yada, yada, yada. I was ready to take another set, but after mulling over it a bit, I figured that this blog is about my real life, which is far from perfect, but which still makes me very happy because of my husband, my sons, and everyone else who touches my life. I’m not a model with a fancy photographer; I’m a woman who is proud of the lines, bumps, bruises and everything else that has made me who I am. I believe in lifting people up through positivity and I hope that maybe a story on this blog, or an outfit or whatever else comes through here will do that for someone, some day. So there you have it! Please be patient as I try to figure out the blogosphere, my camera, bokeh and everything else. It’s not going to be perfect, but I hope that we will have fun together! Continue reading “White Fringe Dress for Summer”

Welcome!

Hello there! My name is Cathy and I’m a mom of four boys (five if you count my husband, who is really just a big kid himself). Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m very excited to embark on this blog adventure as I continue my journey toward midlife. I’ll be sharing stories of my life and times with a little look at my twist on classic styles and a few of my favorite things. I truly believe in being positive and optimistic about the future and hope that I can empower readers to see their full potential and see the brighter side of life. To me, every woman is a pillar of strength, so let’s shout that out to the world! Continue reading “Welcome!”