I woke up early Saturday morning to learn that I had won the Thrifted Chic Style Challenge from last week! Excited can’t even begin to describe how I felt. This was my first-ever contest for a style challenge and my first win. Continue reading “Thrifted Chic Style Challenge Winner!”
In one of my English courses at George Mason University, my professor made us watch the famed 1954 Japanese movie Seven Samauri. We were studying Japanese culture at the time and his lesson was centered on the similarities between that movie and the spaghetti westerns that became popular in the mid-1960s. Seven Samauri was actually remade into the American movie, The Magnificent Seven, but there is one name synonymous with spaghetti westerns. C’mon, take a guess. But first, you’ve got to ask yourself one question. Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya? Continue reading “Make My Day with Leopard Boots and a Blanket Poncho”
When I was little, my mom used to make pumpkin soup every Halloween. She would scrape out all the meat in a pumpkin and then boil it down until the meat was tender. She would then add some half and half, salt and pepper and heat it through. In the meantime, she would have egg noodles boiling on a back burner. When they were done, she would drain them and set a ladle full in each of our bowls. Over that, she would pour the pumpkin soup mixture. I’ll be honest, it may not have looked appetizing at the time, but it was still the best tasting soup I ever had.
I looked forward to eating that soup every Halloween. In my eyes, it heralded the official start of fall in our house. I knew that no matter how cool the autumn evenings would get, that pumpkin soup would warm me right through. Continue reading “Poncho Sweater, Burgundy Booties and the Ageless Style Linkup”
My husband and I seem to be getting to a point in our lives where we want to make everything as easy and comfortable as possible. Our goal is for us to enjoy more quality time with our kids. With two of them graduating from high school this year, this time is even more important to us. Our motto is if someone/something can do it better and faster, let ’em at it! Continue reading “How To Layer A Warm Outfit for Fall Sports”
Last week, three of my sons were in the newspaper. Hunter and Chase are members of their high school’s newspaper club and their first issue for the year came out. Hunter is a co-chief editor and Chase is a staff writer. Both wrote articles for the paper. It was pretty neat seeing their names in print and even cooler that they are the doing it together. Their journalism teacher says it’s the first time she’s had siblings work on the paper. I’m pretty proud of both of them because soon after I graduated from college, I wrote for a newspaper and then a magazine, so I’d like to think that the three of us share the writing gene.
My stepson, Jaekob, was also in our town’s newspaper. He is the captain of his school’s football team and was interviewed about a game the team won last week. His quote was quite good and reflected well on the team’s performance.
Like all parents, we have our ups and downs with our kids, but no matter what we go through, I am always proud to see them work hard and succeed at what they do.
During my father’s first military assignment in Crete, Greece, we lived in Hersonissos, a large village by a harbor. I was a pre-teen then, but I do remember its beauty and its kind people. I also remember my mother gathering with the village women each evening in a circle of chairs outside on the patio of one of their homes. For hours, they would sit, talk and crochet. My mother taught herself to crochet intricate doilies, both large and small, by watching the women. She made gorgeous pieces for me and my sister as well as our children. I still have these pieces today and plan to pass them on to my sons and their families in the future. Each one is a unique piece of art that takes on such a special meaning because they were created by the hands of my mother. Continue reading “A Long Denim Jacket and A Walk Down Memory Lane”
Whenever someone tells me that I look younger than my 48 years, I chuckle, thank them and move along my merry way. I chalk it up to them being overly polite because I see firsthand my wrinkles, gray roots and “face jowls” every day! Still, I am very appreciative of this compliment and must admit that hearing it does make me feel young too.
Until this week, that is. I went for a run yesterday with my dog and when I got home I found that I had my pants on backwards! I didn’t even notice it during my run. Then I proceeded to put hair frizz cream all over my face. I thought it was moisturizer. But that wasn’t all. I had to pick up one of our cars from the auto shop after an oil change. As I was making my way out the door, the cashier said to me, “Thank you, sir.” Continue reading “Fall Layers With A Denim Vest”
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.”