Dishing Up a Boho Dress for Fall

Yesterday, we celebrated my son Chase,’s 15th birthday. As we do with all of our kids, we asked him what he wanted to eat for his birthday dinner. To my surprise, he said he wanted a “Guamanian dinner.”  My mom is from Guam and I remember eating plenty of Guamanian dishes when I was a kid.

So I tried to follow in her footsteps and I made chicken marinated in soy sauce, vinegar and onions; Kelaquen (a ground chicken, lemon and coconut mixture); “red” rice made with Achiote seeds; and Lumpia (ground beef and mixed veges wrapped and fried in filo dough). The meal was deemed a success for the birthday boy and everyone else who came to his party.

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I Spy A Trench Coat

I’m a huge James Bond fan, from the early days of Sean Connery and Roger Moore to today’s Daniel Craig. But I have to confess that none of these dapper secret agents can hold a candle to the one and only international man of mystery. His teeth may be crooked, his hair a mop of messiness, and his style choices a bit flashy, but Austin Powers is and will always be the grooviest spy in my world. Yeah baby! Continue reading “I Spy A Trench Coat”

Dreaming of Paris: A Long Denim Vest and a Striped Shirt

My sister-in-law invited me and my husband on a trip to Paris sometime within the next few years. We have not been there but she and her husband travel frequently and have visited the City of Love. With four boys in high school and college on the horizon, we are not sure exactly when we’ll be able to make this trip, but it’s nice to plan and look forward to it sometime down the road.
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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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A Long Denim Jacket and A Walk Down Memory Lane

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”

Olive Safari Jacket and Some TLC

When our family first adopted our dog Harper a little over a year ago, we weren’t sure what to expect. She was afraid of everything and ran away from all of us. But with constant and reassuring TLC, she became my sidekick and eventually warmed up to my husband and sons. Continue reading “Olive Safari Jacket and Some TLC”

Fall Layers With A Denim Vest

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”

Goodbye Big Red, Hello Black Leather

If you follow my blog, you may know that when my husband and I married, we each brought two sons to our family. We struggled for a couple of years with transporting them around together in one vehicle because we didn’t own one big enough for six people. Then we found “Big Red.”

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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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The Long and Short of It

Welcome back to my roundup of fall trends for 2017! This week I covered animal prints and the color red, both trends that the fashion experts say we’ll be seeing a lot of this fall. Today, I’m showing one more trend: the long cardigan. Continue reading “The Long and Short of It”