Layering With A Faux Fur Vest

I’d give up chocolate but I’m not a quitter.

This is a saying that is painted on a plaque in our house. I love it because it’s so tongue in cheek. But it’s also true. Chocolate is my number one addiction. I don’t care what kind of diet or exercise plan I’m on, I just can’t give it up. It tastes good, it feels good, it looks good. Why would I want to give something like that up? Continue reading “Layering With A Faux Fur Vest”

Five Tips For Dressing For The Office

After working in the corporate world for 30 years, I’ve learned quite a few lessons about dressing for the office. In my last job overseeing a Human Resources Department, I was often asked to talk to other employees about their work attire. It isn’t easy telling people what they can and can’t wear to work, and I almost always met with some resistance. I tried to provide the best guidance I could while not squashing their individual style. I hope I can do the same thing today with these five tips for dressing for the office. Continue reading “Five Tips For Dressing For The Office”

It’s My Party and I’ll Mix Patterns If I Want To

My birthday was on Saturday and I thought it would be fun to show you an outfit that celebrates all the styles that I have loved throughout my life. No matter where I’ve been and when – high school punk rock lover, college retail worker, young journalist, midlife public servant – these are the styles that I’ve gravitated back to time and time again. Continue reading “It’s My Party and I’ll Mix Patterns If I Want To”

Today’s Headline: She Wore A Menswear Piece Like A Woman

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.

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How To Style A Camo Bomber Jacket For The Office

I’ve lived in Virginia for 35 years and I love it. But I probably would not have come here had it not been for my dad, who retired in Virginia after a 20-year career in the Air Force.

As the oldest child, I got to experience my dad’s assignments all over the United States as well as overseas. The only place I did not go was to Vietnam during the war. We moved back to Guam to stay with family while he was there. I remember hearing his voice on cassette tapes that he would send to my mom. We would listen to them in a bedroom. I was so young that I don’t remember much of what he said, but I do remember trying to talk to him in the tape recorder. It was a real treat to hear his voice after not seeing him or knowing when he would return.

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Mixing It Up With a Floral Kimono and Striped Tee

So I jumped on the kimono train, but I have mixed feelings about this popular piece. I’ve seen kimonos styled by many other bloggers and have also seen them worn a little around town. I like the way they look, but I just couldn’t figure out how to wear them for me. Then I saw this one and fell in love with the colors. I picked it up early in the summer and it proceeded to hang in my closet. All. Summer. Long. Continue reading “Mixing It Up With a Floral Kimono and Striped Tee”

Dressing Up a Denim Skirt

I mentioned earlier this summer that I started Weight Watchers. I am happy to report that I am a half pound away from my goal! It has not been easy, but by sticking to the plan and not denying myself the foods that I love (hello, chocolate), I’ve been able to slowly lose a little each week. For me, this journey isn’t about looking rail thin, but about being healthy. With a family history of diabetes and other issues, watching my weight will help me keep up with my family and live a healthier life.  Continue reading “Dressing Up a Denim Skirt”

What To Wear To A Fall Wedding

I hate switching out the clothes in my closet when the seasons change. It takes away precious time that I could spend doing something more fun with my husband or kids. I usually wait until the last minute, and then I’m scrambling to pull sweaters and jeans out of plastic bins and from other storage areas when the temps get cold and my closet is still full of summer dresses, skirts and tops.

This year, though, I vowed that I would start early. I’m glad I did because I found this little treasure of a dress that is perfect to wear to a fall wedding.  Continue reading “What To Wear To A Fall Wedding”

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”