Creating a Colorful Monochromatic Look

I mentioned in my post on Friday that I was visiting my parents for the weekend. The morning after I arrived I was having coffee when my mom walked into the room. She was wearing the exact same color combination of a blush top and burgundy pants that I had photographed for my blog! I hadn’t mentioned one thing about that outfit to her. I guess colorful minds think alike.

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Falling For Florals

Happy Labor Day! Today celebrates the hard work and achievements that American workers make to the strength, well-being and prosperity of our great nation. We have celebrated Labor Day since 1894 when Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories. It’s a great tribute to our workforce and I am so honored and thankful that I have the opportunities I’ve had in my professional life and with this blog to forge my own career path and contribute to our country in my own small way.

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Seeing Red

A quote by American author Alice Hoffman sums up how I feel about the color red: “How could I have been so stupid to have ignored everything I’d had in my life? The color red alone was worth kingdoms.” I couldn’t agree more. Red is my favorite color. According to the fashion experts, we will be seeing a lot of this color in the coming months.

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Fall Transition Outfit No. 2 and the American Dream

Last week, one of my neighbor’s kids knocked on my door in the middle of the afternoon. When I opened it, he said “We are selling lemonade and muffins. Do you want some?” I looked across my yard and sure enough, there was his brother and another neighbor’s daughter sitting at two tables loaded with goodies, an umbrella to keep the sun at bay and a few handwritten signs. I told him I needed to get some money and would be right over. Turns out, I wasn’t the only one who they queried. The kids took turns running up and down the street, knocking on doors, asking people to come outside and have some lemonade and muffins. They had all their earnings in a Mason jar. I loved that these little entrepreneurs were trying their hands at the American Dream. Maybe they will expand their operation next year to run all summer long. Continue reading “Fall Transition Outfit No. 2 and the American Dream”

Fall Transition Outfit No. 1 and a Rare Compliment

When you’re a mom of teens, compliments from them to you do not come fast and furious. At least not in my household. My teens seem to be mainly concerned about themselves. I don’t say that to be insulting or critical; it’s just a fact of life in Teen World. But last week, I received a compliment from one of my boys and it’s one of those moments that will stay with me forever.

Before my son Hunter had his knee surgery in July, he went on a hike with some of his friends. He said they were complaining about their troubled relationships with their mothers. I think at one point they looked at him to add some validation to their diatribes and he said, “Honestly guys, I don’t have that type of relationship with my mom. She is actually a lot of fun and I like being around her.”

Say What?

I asked him if he really said that or was he telling me he said that just to make me feel good. He assured me that he said that.

Wow. I know I felt my eyes well up with tears but I didn’t want him to see that because you, know, teens don’t want to be caught hanging with their crying mom. So I turned around quickly, grabbed that moment and locked it away till later.

And when it was later, I couldn’t stop thinking about what he said. Remember Sally Field at the Oscars (yes, I’m that old). You like me! You really like me! I was Sally Field in all her tearful glory. My son actually liked me and he wasn’t afraid to tell his friends. I’m welling up again.

Parent Performance Evaluations?

In a blended family of step-kids and step-parents, the blending takes time. Even when the blender is going really strong, things don’t always come out as smoothly as we’d like. But my husband and I try our hardest to ensure that each one of our kids knows that we love him no matter what.

Sometimes, it is hard to know how we’re doing. At work, most people are evaluated on their performance. I always knew I did well based on my boss’ feedback, the scores in my evaluation and subsequent raise. But parents don’t receive a performance evaluation (unless you base it on the number of rolled eyes, grunts and time spent in their bedrooms as feedback from teens), and we certainly don’t receive a raise from our kids. Sometimes it feels like we’re just grasping in the dark. But then you hear a compliment from your kid masked in a story about an afternoon out with friends, and all I can say is that I’ll take that over a raise any day.

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Pink and Polka Dots for Work

Most of my week is spent telecommuting for my part-time job, but every now and then I head to the office for a meeting. Because of a new project at work, this week has been especially busy and I’ve had a few meetings to attend. This means stepping up my daily outfit so that I look professional and appropriate when I visit the office.  Continue reading “Pink and Polka Dots for Work”

How To Wear A Leopard Shirt and Red Pants

One of my favorite colors is red. I’ve always known that it is an emotionally intense color, signifying  passion, danger, strength, power and love. If I had to pick a color to describe my life these last few years, I can think of no other color than red. My family has gone through many ups and downs. I met the love of my life. I’ve gained new relationships and have lost some as well. I left a successful career and embarked on a new calling. These are all pretty significant milestones in anyone’s life. I know I’m not the only one experiencing such events. I bet all of us have a little red in our lives! Continue reading “How To Wear A Leopard Shirt and Red Pants”

Throwback To The Past With A Ruffled Skirt

With four teens in the house, it’s hard not to think back to my teen years and wonder did I ever do that? I know I caused my parents angst because I remember paying for my foolish behavior. Car keys were taken away. Extra house chores were assigned. Phone use was limited. Now we are parenting four young men and we’re faced with some of the same challenges I gave my own parents.

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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”

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”