A Shimmery Pleated Skirt for the Holidays

We visited my in-laws this weekend for an early Thanksgiving celebration. While we were waiting for the turkey to cook, my husband, our four sons and I decided to take a hike on a walking trail behind my in-laws’ house. With our dog in tow, we started off on a cleared out path that led into a forest. It was a warm and breezy day and leaves were falling all around us as we made our way deeper into the woods. Continue reading “A Shimmery Pleated Skirt for the Holidays”

Thrifted Chic Style Challenge Winner!

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!”

Make My Day with Leopard Boots and a Blanket Poncho

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”

Stepping Back In Time With A Red Swing Coat

During my dad’s first military assignment on the island of Crete in Greece, we lived off base in a small apartment. It had no central hearing nor air conditioning. My parents had space heaters in some rooms, but they weren’t enough to keep us warm during the winter. Not that it gets super hot or cold there. The average temperature in January hovers around 52 degrees Fahrenheit with the hottest temps reaching about 79 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer.

Still, I remember plenty of cold nights in our little apartment during the winter. My parents didn’t feel it was safe to leave the space heaters on all night, so we would wrap ourselves in coats, hats and gloves. Then we would crawl under our many layers of blankets. In a family of four kids, we didn’t have separate coats for separate occasions. The coat I crawled in bed with was the same coat I wore to school, to play outside, to go to church, etc.

Maybe that’s why today I have a decent collection of coats. Trenches, casual coats, jean jackets, leather jackets and anoraks are all in my closet. I enjoy wearing each of them throughout the year. Continue reading “Stepping Back In Time With A Red Swing Coat”

Poncho Sweater, Burgundy Booties and the Ageless Style Linkup

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”

Wear A Maxi Dress for Comfort and Style

It’s been a long week with my son’s surgery, two other sons out of town, and our last one needing rides all over town to meet up with his friends or to attend meetings for fall sports. While my son’s surgery was pretty stressful because he was in so much pain, it did give me a chance to talk and laugh with him (once he started feeling better). While I wish he didn’t have to go through the surgery, I am grateful for the chance to reconnect with him. Our teens are so busy these days, it’s hard to always get that quality one-on-one time with any of them. After our busy week, I am ready for a relaxing weekend! I think that a maxi dress is the perfect outfit to wear for comfort and style when you want to relax but still need to look decent.

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How To Wear Leggings and Denim in the Summer

As a mom who works part-time from home with a long to-do list, it can be easy to succumb to the pajama uniform for the day. I will usually start working as soon as my husband and kids leave the house in the mornings and the next thing I know, it’s almost lunchtime! And. I’m. Still. In. My. Pajamas. Not a good look during daylight hours.

Although I am not a huge fan of leggings, I would be lying to you if I said my closet didn’t include a few sets of both ankle leggings for cooler months and capris leggings for spring and summer. I’ll admit, not only are they comfortable, but they make figuring out what to wear sooooo easy! Continue reading “How To Wear Leggings and Denim in the Summer”